Perspectives and Reflections for the Superintendent
What Can Be Learned from Experience?
By SAMUEL A. DEPAUL
Published August 2022
This book focuses on the many challenges and opportunities facing school district superintendents and other school leaders on a regular basis. It cites numerous, actual events which are described and explained regarding best practices. The chapters emphasize the importance of experience and preparation, and provide examples, experiences, scenarios, takeaways, tools, and more with respect to the superintendent and the aspiring superintendent. Additionally, tips on establishing and maintaining a positive relationship with the school board are given—a relationship which is paramount for the superintendent and the school district to be successful.
Perhaps one of the more important observations conveyed in the text is the need for the school board, the staff, and everyone interested in the schooling process to work together. Without collaboration among all parties concerned, stagnation will fester, and nothing worthwhile will be accomplished. Other topics presented include conflict resolution, ethics, high-performing teams, lessons learned, and ways to cultivate positive community relations. This book is practical for the seated superintendent and essential for the aspiring superintendent.
Dr. Samuel A. DePaul began his career as a biology and chemistry teacher, transitioned into school administration as a high school principal, and then spent thirty years as a school district superintendent. Presently, he serves as executive director of the North GA RESA. His undergraduate work was at Geneva College, his master’s at Westminster College, and his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a member of AASA since 1988. Dr. DePaul and his wife reside in Talking Rock, GA; they have a son, daughter-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters residing in Philadelphia, PA.
Foreword by Dr. Mark Wilson
Chapter 1. Preparation for the Position of Superintendent
Chapter 2. Leadership and the Superintendent
Chapter 3. Challenges and Opportunities of the Superintendent
Chapter 4. Roles and Responsibilities of the Superintendent and School Board
Chapter 5. Ethics and the Superintendent and School Board Members
Chapter 6. The Importance of Committees and Teams to the Superintendent
Chapter 7. Conflict Resolution
Chapter 8. Cultivating Positive Community Relations and Partnerships
Chapter 9. Proven Effective Tools from the Toolbox
Chapter 10. Lessons Learned