Legal Counsel on Contracts

School Administrator, September 2015
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Half of the superintendents responding to an AASA study in 2014 indicated the school district used legal counsel to develop and/or negotiate the superintendent’s employment agreement.

In contrast, only about one fifth of the superintendents said they retained the services of legal counsel for their employment agreement. While this represents no change from two previous studies, there is an indication that the larger the district’s enrollment, the more likely that both boards of education and superintendents use legal counsel.


Source: “2014 AASA Superintendents Salary and Benefits Study” published by AASA. Analysis was constructed by Leslie A. Finnan, Robert S. McCord, Christopher C. Stream, George G. Petersen and Noelle M. Ellerson. The full study is available at