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Board-Superintendent Relationship

Your Board President:  a Primo Stakeholder You Neglect at Your Peril

May 19, 2021 0 Comments

The special board work session had been scheduled to consider a key recommendation coming out of the daylong board-superintendent-cabinet governance retreat three  weeks earlier: replacing the board’s dysfunctional silo committees (e.g.,  curriculum and instruction) with committees aligned with the board’s …

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The Right Mindset is a Must For Building a Solid Partnership With Your Board

May 11, 2021 0 Comments

A staple of my one-on-one governance coaching sessions with superintendents in recent years has been the critical role that what I call “Mindset” plays in building and maintaining a close, positive, productive and enduring board-superintendent partnership.  What am I talking …

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President Jennifer Adair and Superintendent Talisa Dixon: the Columbus City Schools’ Dynamic Leadership Duo

April 27, 2021 0 Comments

 

 

The Columbus City School District is fortunate  to have a dynamic, cohesive leadership team at the helm in the person of Board President Jennifer Adair and Superintendent Talisa Dixon.  Among the several reasons why this partnership at the …

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CEO-Centric Leadership Targets Are Key to a Solid Board-Superintendent Partnership

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

Around fifteen years ago I was retained to facilitate  a half-day work session involving a school board and its superintendent.  In our initial call to discuss the work session objectives, the board president and  superintendent agreed that there was one …

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Board Spear Carriers:  Protecting the Superintendent’s Line of Credit

September 28, 2020 0 Comments

Last week’s post at this blog features my video interview with Dave Schuler, Lead Teacher of AASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy and former AASA Chair, who discusses the mission, goals, and accomplishments of the Academy.  Dave and I are in complete …

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Top-Flight Performance Won’t Always Keep the Relationship With Your School Board Healthy

March 20, 2020 0 Comments

When I walked in Rich’s office for our weekly project review meeting, I found him slumped at his desk looking distraught.  When I asked him what’d happened, he just said “take a look,” handing me a form.  It was the

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Making Superintendent Evaluation a Relationship Adhesive

March 9, 2020 0 Comments

 

As always, I learned as much as I taught from the superintendents participating in the preconference workshop I presented on February 12 at AASA’s National Conference on Education in San Diego – “Cementing the Board-Superintendent Governing Partnership.”  The diverse, high-level …

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The Glue that Cements the Board Chair-Superintendent Partnership

October 9, 2019 0 Comments

“What’s a fair price to pay for a healthy relationship with your board chair?”  My opening question kicking off the board-superintendent relationship building segment of the High-Impact Governing Work Session I presented for Southern Fairfield County (Connecticut) superintendents a couple …

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Transforming a Committee Chair Into a Stalwart Ally

February 26, 2019 0 Comments

The crowning achievement of the school board’s performance monitoring committee during its first year of operation was a complete overhaul of the quarterly financial report to the board, which was unveiled at the fourth meeting of the new fiscal year. …

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Joining the International CEO Profession

January 7, 2019 0 Comments

The following article is excerpted from Chapter Four of  Doug Eadie’s forthcoming book, Building a High-Impact Board-Superintendent Partnership:  13 Critical Questions You Need to Answer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

In my travels around the country, I see growing recognition that …

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