"Should we consider hiring a 'corrective' superintendent, similar to what Clayton did with John Thompson? The idea would be a true outsider that has served as a superintendent of a large system before that would come in on a 18-24 month contract with the objective of getting through the financial challenges and streamlining the staff. Perhaps during their tenure, they could hire, train and groom their replacement. The idea behind this is that many unpopular decisions will need to be made in the short term. Would we want that all on a new superintendent or get a 'hatchet' person to help get our house in order first?"
I did a little Googling and found that John Thompson apparently didn't quite make it through his entire contract - and in fact the Clayton School Board mistakenly wrote up a contract that was legally too long-term for SACS to consider "corrective". So, if we do go that way, we need to ensure that we avoid these pitfalls.
Also, in my Googling, I found that a search firm by the name of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates placed Thompson in the job.
And then, I found a very interesting job description from a school system in Ohio that was advertising for a superintendent at "Education Week" online. Here are some of their requirements:
- Shows evidence of demonstrated ability to collaborate with other school districts and/or agencies in planning and implementing programs for students
- Is an accessible, good listener who functions as a team player and shares decision-making with staff when appropriate
- Supports staff development and encourages professional growth
- Effectively mediates and accommodates different perspectives
- Creates an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect
- Successfully manages media coverage
- Closely supervises budget development and expenditures
- Demonstrates expertise in curriculum and instruction
- Willingly assumes a lead role in decision-making while keeping the Board informed
- Relates well to a variety of community groups
Makes sense to me! What would you all like to have as qualifications for our next superintendent—and do you think we need a "corrective" super or should we just get someone to dive right in?