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Board-Savvy Superintendents

Equipping Superintendent-Aspirants To Survive and Thrive In the Governing Arena

June 3, 2016 0 Comments
Doug Eadie

             Doug Eadie

The same year the superintendent of a large urban school district was named “Superintendent of the Year” by her state association and was also a finalist for the same award from AASA, she was fired without cause by …

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Don’t Forget Your Board Chair’s Paycheck

July 1, 2015 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606LargeWhen I walked into a boardroom recently, I found the board chair – a highly influential attorney – fuming.  When I asked what was wrong, he handed me a clipping from the community affairs section of the local paper, saying …

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Wearing Your Diplomat-in-Chief Hat

March 24, 2015 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606LargeWe were sitting in the superintendent’s office after the board meeting talking about her relationship with the board, and I asked her what she did to keep the relationship really healthy, beyond such obvious things as making sure board members …

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Use Spear Carriers To Preserve Your CEO Line of Credit

February 26, 2015 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606Large(1)The school board’s Planning & Development Committee held four intensive work sessions over the course of six months in coming up with a list of schools to be closed because of falling enrollment, working closely with the superintendent and her …

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Thriving and Surviving As a Superintendent

October 3, 2014 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606Large(1)Over the years, I’ve been privileged to present a number of governance keynotes and workshops at AASA, NSBA, and state K-12 association meetings.  As is my custom, at the beginning of each program, I’ve typically asked for a show of …

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