by Rene S. Townsend, Gloria L. Johnston, Gwen E. Gross, Peggy Lynch, Lorraine Garcy, Benita Roberts and Patricia B. Novotney, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 2007, 154 pp. with index, $27.95 softcover
Do you feel confident of your ability to be a successful superintendent even with no prior experience? After reading Effective Superintendent-School Board Practices: Strategies for Developing and Maintaining Good Relationships With Your Board, you will feel like you have sat in the superintendent’s chair.
In each of the five chapters, the authors provide a brief overview of various concepts related to the theme of the chapter along with a self-assessment. A personal story or real-life example is shared from a superintendent or a district staff member related to each concept in each chapter. An analysis of the vignette is provided, and finally suggested action steps are given. Each chapter ends with a bulleted summary.
One thing that makes this book unique is the authors are a team of seven women who have been in the superintendent position for a combined total of 84 years. The women freely share the good, the bad and the ugly experiences so others may learn what works and what doesn’t in effective superintendent-board relations.
Effective Superintendent-School Board Practices is an easy-to-read guide that can be referred to again and again by current and aspiring superintendents and board members. The intent of the authors was to write a book that will help the board-superintendent relationship to run smoothly so the focus can be maintained on student achievement.
Reviewed by Lylia King, principal, Cleburne Intermediate School, Cleburne, Texas