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Know Thyself, Part 2

April 16, 2018


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


Today, I will continue discussing the conditions under which School Boards operate and the challenges that most of them face.  Again, the basis for this series of articles is the report on School Boards prepared by Frederick Hess and the University of Virginia.


Board Members Concerns

(in order from most important to least important)

1.  Budgets and Funding
2.  Student Achievement
3.  Special Education
4.  Improving Educational Technology
5.  Teacher Quality
6.  Parental Support and Interest
7.  Regulation
8.  Drug/Alcohol Use
9.  Discipline
10.Teacher Shortages
11.Overcrowded Schools


Many of these issues are universal—in other words, they are concerns for public school districts, independent schools, and parochial institutions.  Hess observed that “Given that few board members have a professional background in education, they are likely to lack expertise in many areas their board must address.”  For this reason, school insiders have “long advocated enhanced board member training and preparation.”  


If your school or district is embarking on a search for its next Head of School or Superintendent, Academy Educational Consulting can help.  Dr. Blane Covert dedicated his doctoral research to Head of School/Superintendent turnover; now, he prepares School Boards for executive searches so that they can recruit and ultimately hire the right candidate. To learn more about how to make your next Head of School/Superintendent search a success, contact Academy today at 501-230-0881.

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