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Tag: school board-superintendent relations

Governing Is Truly a Team Sport

June 21, 2021 0 Comments

A little over six years ago I was guilty of an error of judgment that taught me a couple of valuable lessons.  I’d been retained by a mid-size Midwestern school district to assist in planning, facilitating, and following up on …

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Board Standing Committees Supercharge Virginia Beach City Schools Governance

June 1, 2021 0 Comments

In the recent video interview I recorded with them, Board Chair Carolyn Rye and Superintendent Aaron Spence of the Virginia Beach City Schools make a compelling case for employing well-designed board standing committees to assist the school board in carrying …

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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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Solving the Board Development Puzzle: the What and the Why

March 25, 2021 0 Comments

The half-day Zoom governance workshop I presented a couple of weeks ago for 25-some superintendents of a  diverse array of districts included a segment on board development.  Early in my career I would  have been a trifle worried that the …

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Recruiting a Really Board-Savvy Superintendent

August 24, 2020 0 Comments

Experience has taught me – and I’m sure many if not most of this blog’s readers – that the more board-savvy its superintendent, the more effective a school board is likely to be as a governing body and the more …

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Welcome to the Frontier!

July 21, 2020 0 Comments

I opened the video webinar I recently presented for the board and superintendent of a Northern Virginia school division by observing that K-12 governance is frontier territory.  Far from being a mature, fully developed field, K-12 governance is characterized by …

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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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Bake Your Board Cake First, Then Worry About the Icing

February 5, 2020 0 Comments

A sorely disappointed superintendent and I were talking a couple of months ago.  She, her school board, and her senior administrators had gone through an intensive weekend retreat a six weeks earlier.  She explained that it’d been put together to …

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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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