This article, excerpted from Dr. Blane Covert's doctoral dissertation, is third in a series about the effects of head of school turnover.
In light of shrinking budgets, rapidly changing societal values, and the emphasis on standardized testing, it is critical that schools hire outstanding superintendents and headmasters to deal with the complex issues facing today's schools.
Unfortunately, high turnover rates for headmasters and superintendents have created a number of new challenges for independent schools and public school districts. According to Henningsen (1992), “Frequent changes in the headship mean disruption in continuity, loss of forward momentum within the school, low morale among the faculty, increased strain upon the trustees, and personal dislocation for the head of school who must seek another position” (p. 1). With the average head of school search lasting between three and six months (Mayo, 2003) and costing between $30,000 and $80,000 (Anderson, 2006), turnover should not be taken lightly.
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