Role of the Superintendent

  • School Boards employ a superintendent to lead and manage the school district and to serve as the chief executive officer of the school system.  Superintendents are responsible for the management of the schools, the administration of all school board policies, and are directly accountable to the school board.

    Core areas of competence, which were evaluated and agreed upon by by Superintendent and all members of the ISD 728 School Board in September 2017, are identified below(3512.0510):

    Leadership by:

    • building a strong team, so that all employees feel valued, working with all constituencies both internally and externally to bring out the best in them so students will benefit

    Organizational Management by:

    • demonstrating knowledge of factors that affect school finance, including sources of revenue; expenditure classifications; generally acceptable accounting principles; and local, state, and federal finance calculations
    • working with individuals to project student growth and enrollment, assure adequate and timely facility construction, remodeling, etc. to address the issues of class size and the adequate allocation of resources to meet needs and have community understanding
    • communicating the district's prudent fiscal management effectively to various audiences

    Policy and Law by:

    • demonstrating an understanding of the role policy plays in school district governance and administration;
    • demonstrating knowledge of statutory regulations affecting school board meetings, communications, procedures, and practices; and
    • demonstrating an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the school board

    Political Influence and Governance by:

    • demonstrating an understanding of the role the political process plays in public education and the connection between them;
    • demonstrating an understanding of how to interact with local and state governments; and
    • demonstrating an understanding of the roles played by other community leaders in the school district

    Communication by:

    • demonstrating knowledge of cultivating positive relationships between and with school board members; and
    • demonstrating an understanding of the importance of communication leadership between school district and its community


    Community Relations by:

    • making himself highly visible throughout the schools and community, developing positive relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships with various organizations and civic groups, and governmental units of the communities and townships

    Curriculum Planning and Development

    • building a strong, close and productive working relationship with the School Board, following through and implementing Board initiatives such as the District Strategic Plan, facility plans, and innovative and college and career-ready instruction

    Instructional management for the success of all learners by:

    • serving as a curricular and instructional leader who understands best practices and research so that all students learn no matter their diverse needs, abilities and backgrounds, and leading and supporting the district as it builds a 21st Century curriculum

    Values and Ethics of Leadership by:

    • being  personable, approachable, of high integrity, ethical, and trustworthy while listening with an open mind within the district and in the community. “Walks the Talk”

    Judgment and Problem Analysis by:

    • demonstrating knowledge of how to balance varied and competing interests to ensure the mission and vision of the school district is carried forward