A district’s structure, staff management and planning process provide the foundation for effective and efficient education of students. The board and superintendent function as a leadership team to meet students' needs. The board sets goals, objectives and policies for school district operations and approves the plans and funding. The superintendent manages district operations and recommends the staffing levels and amount of resources necessary to carry out the board goals and directives developed through the planning process. The building level leadership ensures all board policies, goals, and objectives are carried out. The building level leader is the difference in average and outstanding schools.
Documents you will receive (if available):
Board minutes for the past 2 years
Board packet for last 3 months
Board annual goals
Board self-evaluation documents
Board training for new members
Job description for administrators
Other handbooks that would be appropriate
Strategic plan or long range plan
Pertinent audit reports
Board training information for current members
Evaluations and job targets for administrators
Activities team member will perform (CISL will provide data when appropriate):
Find out effectiveness and procedures of site councils
Discuss district long range plan to determine effectiveness
Compare administrative salaries and benefits to peer group, region, and state
Compare administrative ratio vs. peer group, region, state
Compare an administrative evaluation with their job targets to determine congruency.
Interview staff to determine if job description fits role and responsibility
Prepare a list of standard items in board packets and note any items that might be missing from examined packets
Interview site council members
Attend at least one board meeting
Document service contracts, compare cost to industry standard
Questions to ask or duties to consider during interview process:
What type of curriculum training has central office staff and board had in the last 3 years?
How often does the superintendent communicate with the board of education and by what method?
How does the board ensure that the district resources reflect student learning?
How often are student and employee handbooks updated?
How are people informed about changes in handbooks, and board policy changes?
How are decisions made to out source services?
What type of training is conducted for administrators in appropriate supervision of staff?
When and how are board packets delivered?
How and how often does the district solicit feedback from the public staff?
How are district programs reviewed and how often?
How often are board policies updated?
If you needed to get something done, who would you go to in order to make sure your objective was considered and accomplished?
Do you have a plan for leadership succession?
These documents, activities, and questions are only a starting point. Team members may ask additional questions, request further documents, and perform added activities.