New Superintendents’ Toolbox

For the newly appointed and new Superintendent of Schools.

Materials and articles of interest to new Superintendents of Schools

Also see: Aspiring Superintendents Workshop Series
Also see: Preparing for Superintendency Toolbox

After Getting the Superintendency and Prior to Starting

Entry Plans

Use of an Entry Plan – JMM
Sample Entry Plans:

Example #1Ralph Kerr
– Example #2 pdf only
Example #3Tom Mele
Example #4 pdf only
Example #5 pdf only
Example #6 pdf only
Example #7 pdf only
Example #8 pdf only

Focus of Superintendent Efforts – NYSCOSS pdf only
Getting Organized– JMM
Getting Started List (14 pages) – JMM pdf only
– General Guidance and More
The Classic Mistakes of New Superintendents – AASA article
– Kerrins and Cushing, The School Administrator, February 2001
Seven classic mistakes and six excellent strategies provide direction

When New in the Superintendency

Establishing the Second Contract with the Board of Education

A Board Member’s Ten Commandments – Unknown
A Superintendent’s Ten Commandments – Unknown
Boardmanship – Unknown
Five Filters for Decisions – Gary Worden and Waneta Griffin
Productive Board of Education Activities – JMM
Template for Clarifying Roles of the Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools – pdf only
Personal Problems Affecting the Superintendent -JMM
Seven Surprises for School Leaders” – Patrick F. Bassett, NAIS, reprinted with permission
Superintendent’s Annual Calendar– JMM – pdf only
Superintendent’s Annual Fiscal Calendar– JMM – pdf only
Superintendent’s Calendar of Standard Monthly and Quarterly Reports – JMM
Superintendent and School Law– JMM
Law-related resources a new superintendent should have (diagram)– pdf only
Attorney Involvement – pdf only
Superintendent Networks – – Information – Advice – Support – Feedback
What Superintendents Read – JMM

– comments, corrections, source documents, and questions welcome