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Board-Superintendent Relationship

We Could Use Some Pillow Talk About Board-Superintendent Partnership Building

July 20, 2015 0 Comments
Maryellen Elia visiting with Miami Lighthouse CEO Virginia Jacko

Maryellen Elia visiting with Miami Lighthouse CEO Virginia Jacko

Nicholas Kristof’s thought-provoking column in the July 19 New York Times, “Bill and Melinda’s Pillow Talk,” is mainly about the tremendous progress the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made …

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Make a Succession Plan Part of Your Superintendent Legacy

June 17, 2015 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606Large“You’re kidding, right?  Speaking for myself, things are going great in my district, the board and I are getting along, and I don’t intend to move on anytime soon.  Why would I want to get my board members involved in …

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Dallas Dance and Dan Domenech on the Board-Superintendent Partnership

April 14, 2015 0 Comments

Our Strategic Advisory Committee colleague Dallas Dance, Superintendent of the Baltimore County Public Schools, recently co-recorded a highly informative podcast with AASA’s Executive Director Dan Domenech, on building and maintaining a solid board-superintendent partnership.  After surveying the partnership building challenges …

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Averting Needless and Costly Partings of the Ways

January 22, 2015 0 Comments

DSCN1257The last post at features an outstanding K-12 leader, MaryEllen Elia, superintendent of the Hillsborough County Schools in Tampa Bay Florida (on the left in the photo of her hosting the CEO of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, …

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Hillsborough’s MaryEllen Elia on the Board-Superintendent Partnership

January 15, 2015 0 Comments

Looking over columns from The American School Board Journal early this afternoon, I came across one that appeared in May 2009, “Governance:  A Superintendent’s View,” featuring an interview with MaryEllen Elia, Superintendent of the Hillsborough County Schools in Tampa Bay …

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Superintendents Dallas Dance and Pam Shea on Board-Superintendent Interaction

December 10, 2014 0 Comments

I tell the following true story in my new book Governing at the Top:

Not long ago, a school board member I was interviewing told me a true story about flawed board-superintendent communication. This board member had been approached

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Building a Solid Board President-Superintendent Working Relationship

November 29, 2014 0 Comments

In my newest book, Governing at the Top (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), I describe the working relationship between the superintendent and her board president/chair as a “critical piece of the overall board-superintendent partnership building puzzle, primarily because of the president’s …

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