This article discusses what Boards of Trustees should consider when its Head of School or Superintendent decides to either resign or retire.
It doesn’t matter if your school or district is located in a small town, the suburbs, or a major city. It doesn’t matter if your Board is public, private, or parochial. One of these days—maybe sometime soon—your Head of School or Superintendent will announce that he or she is either stepping down or retiring.
When that time comes, your Board must search for, hire, and retain a well-prepared leader for your school or district, and it’s clear that the ability of the leader you select will influence educational quality and teacher morale for the foreseeable future.
This is not a decision to be taken lightly; in fact, only School Boards that study their schools and districts carefully, solicit feedback from key constituencies, understand the current issues, and know in which direction they’re heading are even remotely prepared to hire a search firm and begin this expensive and time-consuming process.
Because this is such an important decision, School Boards should make every possible effort to “get it right” the first time. Both your school's/district’s educational future and financial health hang in the balance. Is your Board ready right now, or would you like to have a little more information before you dive in?
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 with online courses 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, visit www.academyeducationalconsulting.com.