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   SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
T   he superintendent, as the representative of the board and in that capacity, is responsible for the
    leadership of the educational program and the general operation, supervision, and maintenance of the
    school corporation, its facilities, its services, and its personnel. The superintendent shall possess full
administrative authority to carry out the function of the position in accordance with school board policy,
administrative rules and regulations, and in compliance with state and federal law. It is understood the
superintendent will have the authority to exercise discretionary judgment to best serve the mission and
purpose of public education for the school corporation.

The superintendent should fulfill the following duties:

BOARD RELATIONS
  One of the most important duties of the superintendent is keeping board members informed about the
school system and the issues affecting it. This means the superintendent should be making regular reports
to the entire board, working with individual board members as necessary, and answering the board’s
questions. In addition, the superintendent should participate in board meetings and provide information
and recommendations with respect to items the board takes under consideration. Specifically, the
superintendent should:

    1.   Be directly responsible to the board;
    2.   Attend all board meetings and board committee meetings;
    3.   Work with the school board president to prepare the agenda for board meetings;
    4.   Be actively involved in board and committee meetings and discussions; and
    5.   Provide adequate information to the board to help it reach sound decisions and establish school
         policies.

LEADERSHIP
  The superintendent should provide leadership for the school corporation, making sure the necessary
programs and services provided are part of the school corporation’s mission and vision. This
responsibility requires the superintendent to have knowledge of political, economic, and social trends that
will affect the immediate and long-term goals of the corporation and taking appropriate action.
Specifically, the superintendent should:

    1. Be delegated the authority to establish administrative guidelines within board policy and state
       law, and to facilitate all matters of administrative and supervisory detail in connection with the
       operation and maintenance of the school corporation;
    2. Identify and direct the development of board policies for board approval;
    3. Supervise the implementation of all board policies;
    4. Help the board develop both short-range and long-range goals for the corporation; and,
    5. Communicate regularly with the board concerning progress toward organizational goals and
       objectives.
INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS
  Student achievement is a key measurement of a superintendent’s leadership as he or she charts the
course of education within the local school system. A superintendent is an educational leader who guides,
facilitates, and supports the success of all learners by providing leadership in curriculum development,
learning assessment, instructional supervision, and program evaluation conducive to student learning,
staff professional growth, and district accountability. Specifically the superintendent should:

    1. Be responsible for the establishment of curriculum and instructional strategies to meet the needs
       of a diverse school community and its learners;
    2. Align curriculum with appropriate levels of learner development and styles;
    3. Involve appropriate faculty and community members in decision-making regarding curriculum
       and special programs;
    4. Evaluate the use of resources, including technology, for effectiveness and relevance to the
       instructional process; and
    5. Use test results and other assessments appropriately to improve the educational system.

PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
  The superintendent is responsible for overseeing the recruiting, interviewing, motivating, evaluating,
and disciplining of staff members using the policies adopted by the board. Specifically, the superintendent
should:

    1. Recommend for employment, evaluate, promote, discipline, and supervise school employees;
    2. Direct administrative staff in their assignments and duties; and,
    3. Delegate authority to administrative staff to direct other school personnel in the performance of
       their duties.

BUDGET MANAGEMENT
  The superintendent is responsible for managing the school system’s finances. This includes maintaining
accurate fiscal records of revenues and expenditures, while ensuring that transactions are administered
according to state regulations and board policies. The superintendent should be given the authority to
make necessary, day-by-day financial decisions and should keep the board apprised of the corporation’s
financial condition. Specifically, the superintendent should:

    1. Direct the preparation of the annual budget and submit it for board approval;
    2. Approve and direct purchases and expenditures within the limits of board policies and state laws;
    3. Provide accurate information to the board regarding purchases and expenditures from school
       budgets; and
    4. Report regularly on the financial condition of the corporation.

COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
  The superintendent is a vital link between the school corporation and the community. He or she should
be visible and accessible to the people served by the schools. The superintendent should speak for the
board and handle media requests for information in a timely and appropriate fashion. Specifically, the
superintendent should:

    1. Represent the school board as its chief executive officer in all dealings with other organizations,
       individuals, and the public; and
    2. Promote and encourage positive public relations within the school community.
    STANDARDS FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS
Licensing Rules 2002

Standards for District Administrators

Standard #1: Educational Vision
A District Administrator is an educational leader who guides, facilitates, and supports the success of all
learners by developing, articulating, implementing, and evaluating an educational vision that is shared and
supported by the greater school community.

Standard #2: School Culture
A District Administrator is an educational leader who guides, facilitates, and supports the success of all
learners by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture that is shared and supported by the
greater school community.

Standard #3: Management
A District Administrator is an educational leader who guides, facilitates, and supports the success of all
learners by managing operations and resources to provide a safe, efficient, and effective learning
environment.

Standard #4: Communication and Collaboration with Communities
A District Administrator is an educational leader who guides, facilitates, and supports the success of all
learners by practicing open, two-way communication and using collaborative strategies that respond to
diverse community interests and needs.

Standard #5: Acting with Honesty, Fairness, and Professional Ethics
A District Administrator is an educational leader who guides, facilitates, and supports the success of all
learners by personally demonstrating and promoting honesty, fairness, and professional ethics.

Standard #6: The Political, Social, Legal, Economic, and Cultural Environments
A District Administrator is an educational leader who guides, facilitates, and supports the success of all
learners by understanding, responding to, and influencing larger political, social, legal, economic, and
cultural environments.

Standard #7: Instructional Program
A District Administrator is an educational leader who guides, facilitates, and supports the success of all
learners by providing leadership in curriculum development, learning assessment, instructional
supervision, and program evaluation conducive to student learning, staff professional growth, and district
accountability.

Standard #8: Policy Implementation
A District Administrator is an educational leader who guides, facilitates, and supports the success of all
learners by recommending and implementing policy that guides district operations.
                                  SAMPLE #1
                        SUPERINTENDENT JOB DESCRIPTION

             {The example is based upon the District Administrators Standards }

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

QUALIFICATIONS:
   A valid Indiana Superintendent’s license
   [Kind and amount of prior job experience required.]
   [Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and
     acceptable.]

REPORTS TO: Board of School Trustees

SUPERVISES: Every district employee directly or indirectly

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:
   1. Effectively communicate the vision and goals of the school corporation to staff, parents,
      students, and community members through various media and community activities.

   2. Use assessment data related to student learning to guide the school vision and goals.

   3. Identify, obtain, and use needed resources, including information systems and
      technology, to support the implementation of the school system’s vision and goals.

   4. Ensure that the vision, goals, and implementation plans are regularly monitored,
      evaluated, and revised.

   5. Define and clearly communicate role responsibilities to the school corporation staff
      members.

   6. Make curriculum decisions based on professional knowledge, standards developed by
      professional organizations, applicable laws and regulations, and the needs of the
      community.

   7. Integrate technologies to enhance teaching and learning.

   8. Recognize, study, and apply emerging trends as appropriate.

   9. Ensure operational procedures are designed and managed to maximize opportunities for
      successful learning.

   10. Manage fiscal resources of the school corporation in a responsible, efficient, and effective
       manner.
11. Establish partnerships with corporation parent groups, area businesses, institutions of
    higher education, and community groups to strengthen programs and support school
    corporation goals.

12. Establish curriculum with appropriate levels of learner development and styles.

13. Evaluate the use of resources, including technology, for effectiveness and relevance to
    the instructional process.

14. Ensure that corporation policies and practices comply with state, federal, and local laws
    and regulations.

15. Keeps all staff members current on applicable laws and regulations and corporation
    policy.

16. Communicates all policies to staff members and makes the policies available to the
    greater school community.

17. Aids the board in formulating corporation policy.

18. Advises the Board on the need for new or revised policies and sees that all policies of the
    Board are implemented.
                                   SAMPLE #2
                         SUPERINTENDENT JOB DESCRIPTION

              {The example is based upon the District Administrators Standards.}


SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

REPORTS TO: BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES

The Superintendent shall obtain, furnish, and maintain a valid and appropriate Indiana
superintendent’s license during the term of the contract.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Superintendent shall perform the duties of a superintendent in accordance with the policies of
the Board of School Trustees and the laws of the State of Indiana and the United States.

The duties of the Superintendent shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

1. The Superintendent shall serve as the chief executive officer of the Board and shall serve the
   Board in all matters as its professional adviser.

2. The Superintendent shall develop and model the core beliefs of the school’s educational
   vision for all members of the greater school community.

3. The Superintendent shall use needed resources, including information systems and
   technology, to support the implementation of the school’s educational mission.

4. The Superintendent shall promote standards of fairness, dignity, and respect for all
   individuals.

5. The Superintendent shall make curriculum decisions based on professional knowledge,
   standards developed by professional organization, applicable laws and regulations, and the
   needs of the community.

6. The Superintendent shall manage fiscal resources of the school corporation in a responsible,
   efficient, and effective manner.

7. The Superintendent shall ensure the school corporation’s buildings, equipment, and support
   systems operate safely, efficiently, and effectively.

8. The Superintendent shall establish an ongoing comprehensive program of community and
   media relations.

9. The Superintendent shall encourage high visibility, active involvement, and communication
   with the larger community.

10. The Superintendent shall demonstrate values, beliefs, and attitudes that inspire others to
    higher levels of performance.
11. The Superintendent shall welcome and encourage community involvement in the school
    corporation.


12. The Superintendent shall establish curriculum and instructional strategies to meet the needs
    of a diverse school community and its learners.


13. The Superintendent shall communicate all policies to staff and make them available to the
    greater school community.


14. The Superintendent shall perform all other duties assigned by the Board of Education.

				
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