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Hedging Your Bets

November 15, 2018

This article helps Boards consider the difficulties inherent in selecting a new Head of School or Superintendent.

It was President Abraham Lincoln who once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” 

If your current Board of Trustees has never conducted a search for a Head of School or Superintendent, you’re in the minority. Most school leaders turn over every five years on average. Searching for and ultimately hiring the right leader is a costly, challenging, and time-consuming task. Like any other major undertaking, it takes preparation; unfortunately, this is where most Boards fall woefully short. 

Boards make a colossal mistake when they count on search firms to do all the work.  Search firms don’t know your school’s culture; search firms don’t know your school’s issues; search firms don’t know your constituents. If you think that two search consultants are going to learn everything they need to know about your school during a two-day visit, think again.


YOU”RE THE SCHOOL BOARD!  YOU have to know YOUR school’s culture; YOU have to know YOUR school’s issues; YOU have to know YOUR constituents. As Benjamin Franklin warned, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Unfortunately, failure in this case means that the costly, challenging, and time-consuming task of searching for and ultimately hiring a new school leader must begin again. You’re back to square one. 

Are you ready to end your Head of School/Superintendent turnover troubles once and for all? Help is available. Academy Educational Consulting can help your Board take control of the leadership succession process, make hiring decisions with more confidence, and minimize the negative effects of turnover. To learn more, contact Academy at 501-230-0881 or visit www.academyeducationalconsulting.com.




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