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Know Thyself, Part 1

April 4, 2018


This article is the first in a series about the conditions and challenges of School Board service.


Despite the fact that School Boards across the United States create policies and make decisions that ultimately shape the educational experience of millions of students each year, there is a relative dearth of information regarding both the conditions under which these Boards operate and the challenges that most of them face.


A report prepared by Frederick Hess and the University of Virginia attempted to illuminate these issues and found the following:


A Profile of School Boards

  • Board members generally are more well-educated and have higher incomes than the average American.

  • Most Boards have between five and eight members.

  • Approximately 66% of respondents reported serving a four-year term.


Board Service and Preparation

  • Respondents reported spending approximately 25 hours per month in Board service.

  • Respondents noted that the three most important factors in evaluating Head of School/Superintendent performance are the relationship between the Board and the School Leader, the morale of employees, and student safety.

  • Two-thirds of Headmasters and Superintendents are hired from outside the school or district.

    Academy Educational Consulting helps School Boards gain the skills and perspective necessary to better manage the Head of School/Superintendent search and selection process. To learn more, contact Academy today at 501-230-0881.


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