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The way superintendents respond to differences with their boards has a profound impact on school improvement.
Many superintendents leave their positions commenting publicly that they simply would not play the school board's games or that their principles were rigorous and unbendable. These anecdotes are recounted with different names and communities attached, but the flavor and sense of righteousness are much the same--the superintendents were dismissed because they would not neglect their principles.Yet the conflicts that lead to a superintendent's departure are rarely about morals, educational beliefs or integrity. Instead, they often reflect how we as professionals interpret and respond to the differences we encounter in philosophy and approach.It seems to me that superintendents have a responsibility to work with boards in such a manner that we are able both to keep our jobs and do our jobs.
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