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What Makes A Good School Superintendent And Why Don’t They Stay Put?

Posted Thursday, May 5, 2011

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What Makes A Good School Superintendent And Why Don’t They Stay Put? Who makes the best school superintendent, how do you find them and why is it so hard to keep them? As Cleveland narrows the choice of who will lead its public school system, we'll consider the final three and ask why there's such "musical chairs" in this line of work. On average they stay in the job only 5 1/2 years, only 3 1/2 in urban districts. Are community expectations too high, is school board politics a factor, is the job just too difficult or the temptation to keep trading up too alluring? Thursday on the Sound of Ideas we’ll look for answers by examining the background of school superintendents, the selection process and what makes for success.




Dr. Theodore Kowalski, Professor & the Kuntz Family Chair in Educational Administration, University of Dayton
Tom Skoch, Editor, The Lorain Morning Journal
Patrick Center, News Director, WGVU
Jennifer Myers, Reporter, Lowell Sun
David James, Superintendent, Akron Schools

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