What do you want in a Superintendent.

What do you want in a Superintendent.

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year2011

West Liberty, KY

#1 Feb 22, 2012
Leadership.vision, fair, ect
year2011

West Liberty, KY

#2 Feb 23, 2012
looks as if the local guy has it,our schools will be getting lower scores for sure, just check the h/s scores.
wonder

Chesterfield, MO

#3 Feb 23, 2012
if year2011 has so much concern for our county why does he hide behind a fake name. this sit is only looked at by a very small group. If you really want to push for change you better find somewhere to do it besides here.

Not that i am in disagreement with your views, but i dont think this site is going to help anything. Try coming out of your closet and voice your opinions at the meetings and in public where more people might take you serious instead of posting on this gossup site.

Start a watch group or something, just quit whinning on here
concerned

Russell, KY

#4 Feb 25, 2012
I am a parent. I want a superintenfent who is from the county, that lives in the county and who has kids in the school system or who has had kids in the system.
If they live in the county, they know the people and their children, they will know the needs of the families and their children.
There are people who live in the county that has their Superintendent certificate.
I would not want a stranger to come in that has no interest in our community, who does not live and pay taxes in the community, who is just there to earn a paycheck and could care less about the kids.
I want someone who knows me or knows of me and my children.
Many school systems are having hard times. Carter County has pretty much been taken over by the state. Lawerence County has been taken over by the state. When the State takes over, test scores do not always go up. The state people just want to control. We all know everyone is having hard times because of decisions made by the state department.
I have 2 children who have done well in the school system. Everyone I talk with appears to have the best interest of the children in mind Many weekends, I see teachers and Mr. Brammell at the school working.
Compared to other schools the school system is in good shape and the kids test scores are rising.
Many people will apply for the position of Superintendent. Just remember this is your county, your kids and your school system. Call your local board members and support the person who lives in your community, pays taxes in your community, has kids who attend the school or who has graduated from the school, who is knowledgeable and has a vested interest in the community.
There are many in the county who work in the school system who will apply but, they do not live in the county, thair kids do not attend our school system, they do not pay county taxes, they contribute to their kids school and other than a job they have no vest interest,
Ask yourself-Do you want a person as superintendent
who does not live in your county, who will not let their kids attend our school, who does not pay taxes in the county and has moved from the county or never lived there to begin with.
This is our kids we are talking about and people on here can make a difference. When it is announced who is applying, find out everything you can about them, then call your school board members and support the person who has a vested interest.
year2011

West Liberty, KY

#5 Feb 25, 2012
So you would never give someone from another place the chance to help our schools, But I bet if it was a BB coach who has a winning record you would want them,

Taking care of the good old boys will never help us move forward, Bring someone in who has a proven record in schools, not someone who just knows everyone. A good leader gets to know people and ect.
outsider

West Liberty, KY

#6 Feb 25, 2012
I agree with concerned.... can you really afford to waste time for an outsider to get to know everyone? Remember, this is about children's educations.

When Mr. Binion retired, there were several applicants for the job. One man was from New Hampshire, and the only reason he had applied was because his daughter was going to go to UK and he wanted to live closer to her. He wasn't interested in anyone's children but his own. If there had been an opening in Louisville or anywhere else in Ky., he would have applied for it.

While it may be true that an outsider might have some innovative ideas, several questions remain-- would those ideas be affordable? Would the same ideas that work in an urban area work here?

And, it might be prudent to consider the fact that not EVERY qualified local person is one of "the good old boys" network.
year2011

West Liberty, KY

#7 Feb 25, 2012
wonder wrote:
if year2011 has so much concern for our county why does he hide behind a fake name. this sit is only looked at by a very small group. If you really want to push for change you better find somewhere to do it besides here.
Not that i am in disagreement with your views, but i dont think this site is going to help anything. Try coming out of your closet and voice your opinions at the meetings and in public where more people might take you serious instead of posting on this gossup site.
Start a watch group or something, just quit whinning on here
Wow so your real name is wonder, you dont know but maybe there is a watch group, No matter how small the group , people still reads on here and make up thier own minds, Keep the masses ignorant and you can control them year 2010.... and thats what you want
Lulu

West Liberty, KY

#8 Feb 25, 2012
year2011 wrote:
So you would never give someone from another place the chance to help our schools, But I bet if it was a BB coach who has a winning record you would want them,
Taking care of the good old boys will never help us move forward, Bring someone in who has a proven record in schools, not someone who just knows everyone. A good leader gets to know people and ect.
Comparing the superintendent's job to a coaching job is like comparing apples & oranges. The coach's only responsibility is the ball team. The super. is in charge of the whole school system.
year2011

West Liberty, KY

#9 Feb 25, 2012
So lulu what do you want in a super ?
year2011

West Liberty, KY

#10 Feb 25, 2012
The superintendent must also respond to the demands of all the other constituencies in the district: the teachers, students, parents, staff and the community at large. He or she must consider how to allocate the financial and human resources of the district in order to achieve the best results. While being mindful of all the competing demands, a great superintendent will ultimately be guided by a singular question: What is best for all students?
year2011

West Liberty, KY

#11 Feb 25, 2012
Signs of an Effective Superintendent
A great superintendent has a clear vision for the district. He or she works with the board of trustees to set the vision, goals and objectives for the district, and then sees to it that the goals are achieved.
A great superintendent is an instructional leader. He or she knows that the most important job of the school district is to make sure students are learning and achieving at high levels. He or she is knowledgeable of the best practices for maximizing student achievement and is supportive of teachers in the district.
A great superintendent is an effective communicator. He or she must make a concerted effort to communicate the needs and accomplishments of the district in a variety of formats: through written reports, communication with the media, public meetings and attendance at school events.
A great superintendent is a good manager. He or she directs the administrators to accomplish the goals of the district, monitors their progress and evaluates their performance.
A great superintendent is a good listener. He or she must listen and take into account differing viewpoints of various constituencies, and then make the best decision.
A great superintendent is not afraid to take risks or make a commitment. An average superintendent might set goals that are either vague or easily achieved but a great superintendent would not be afraid to boldly set goals, such as "The majority of third graders will be able to read by the end of the school year," and then put the programs and resources in place to achieve those goals.
A great superintendent is flexible. He or she needs to be able to manage the politics of the job - to adapt to new board members, changes in state funding and changes in the school community while not sacrificing the district's vision. A great superintendent takes a collaborative rather than a confrontational approach.
Listening

West Liberty, KY

#12 Feb 25, 2012
I disagree with Mr. Williams being replaced by someone from the county. There is no one that can or will please us all. I have a child that attends Elliott County High School and I have attended several of the board meetings, you will be heard but not listened to. If we continue to bring someone in that is familiar with this county and all that are in it we are getting no where fast. The children are always labeled by who their parents are, who there grandparents are or what they have done in the past. We need someone who is not familiar with this county that will be fair. Mr. Williams was not the answer to our schools problems and as we can all see he picked up where Mr. Binion left off. The problem was passed down and now is going to be passed down again.
Bothersome

West Liberty, KY

#13 Feb 25, 2012
Listening wrote:
I disagree with Mr. Williams being replaced by someone from the county. There is no one that can or will please us all. I have a child that attends Elliott County High School and I have attended several of the board meetings, you will be heard but not listened to. If we continue to bring someone in that is familiar with this county and all that are in it we are getting no where fast. The children are always labeled by who their parents are, who there grandparents are or what they have done in the past. We need someone who is not familiar with this county that will be fair. Mr. Williams was not the answer to our schools problems and as we can all see he picked up where Mr. Binion left off. The problem was passed down and now is going to be passed down again.
Let's just wait & see if anyone from outside the county even applies for the job. I'm betting that won't happen. You can't hire somebody from out of the county if they don't apply.
year2011

West Liberty, KY

#15 Feb 26, 2012
The effective schools movement investigated schools whose students from disadvantaged situations (minority status, low socio-economic levels) were performing at average or above average levels in basic skills on standardized achievement tests (Brookover & Lezotte, 1979; Edmonds, 1979; Sizemore, Brossard, & Harrigan, 1983; Venezky & Winfield, 1979). In the late 1970s, based on contrastive studies of high and low performing schools, researchers began to identify common factors or characteristics of these effective schools. One of the major findings of the effective schools research was the identification of instructional leadership as a significant aspect of effective schools
year2011

West Liberty, KY

#16 Feb 26, 2012
Vision
Leadership requires vision. It is a force that provides meaning and purpose to the work of an organization. Leaders of change are visionary leaders, and vision is the basis of their work. "To actively change an organization, leaders must make decisions about the nature of the desired state" (Manasse, 1986, p. 151). They begin with a personal vision to forge a shared vision with their coworkers. Their communication of the vision is such that it empowers people to act. According to Westley and Mintzberg (1989) visionary leadership is dynamic and involves a three stage process:

an image of the desired future for the organization (vision) is
communicated (shared) which serves to
"empower those followers so that they can enact the vision" (p. 18).
The important role of vision is also evident in the literature concerning instructional leadership (Blumberg & Greenfield, 1980; Leithwood & Montgomery, 1984; Manasse, 1986; Mazzarella & Grundy, 1989; Pejza, 1985). For educational leaders who implement change in their school or district, vision is "a hunger to see improvement" (Pejza, 1985, p. 10) as well as "the force which molds meaning" (Manasse, 1986, p. 150). Leaders of educational change have a clear picture of what they want to accomplish; they have the "ability to visualize one's goals" (Mazzarella & Grundy, 1989, p. 21). Their vision of their school or district provides purpose, meaning, and significance to the work of the school and enables them to motivate and empower the staff to contribute to the realization of the vision. The American Association of School Administrators'(1986) description of leadership includes the leader's ability to translate a vision into reality as well as the ability to articulate the vision to others. Furthermore, leaders of educational change can transmit that vision to others so that they become motivated to work toward the realization of the vision.
year2011

West Liberty, KY

#17 Feb 26, 2012
Leaders of change are proactive.
They take the initiative, anticipate and recognize changes in their organizational environment, and begin to explore possible courses of action to respond to those changes. Pejza (1985) stated that a "leader continuously scans the environment noticing where change is needed" (p. 10). Leaders of educational change are proactive in their efforts to change and improve their schools and districts. They are "always testing the limits in an effort to change things that no one else believes can be changed" (Mazzarella & Grundy, 1989, p. 23). They are proactive because they challenge the status quo of their organization to respond to changes that affect the organization's business. Often these proactive school leaders are described as individuals who do not accept the rules, regulations, or traditions of their schools and districts to limit their change efforts (Blumberg & Greenfield, 1980; Crowson, 1989; Mazzarella & Grundy, 1989; Pezja, 1985; Schmuck & Schmuck, 1989).
year2011

West Liberty, KY

#18 Feb 26, 2012
Leaders of change focus the organization away from maintaining the status quo to exploring various options of the organization's vision. Joiner's (1987) discussion of these leaders of change included the skill to "access the reality of the present and determine the gaps that exist" (p. 3- 4). They guide the discussion of how continuing the organization's current way of operating will shortchange the organization and thus become advocates for a different vision. Educational leaders of change challenge the status quo of their school systems by questioning established procedures when they do not serve the needs of the students or their staff (Becker et al., 1971; Blumberg & Greenfield, 1980; Crowson, 1989; Wynne & McPherson, 1983). Crowson's (1989) study of the ethical aspects of school administrators' decision-making includes the finding that they would use the organization's structures and procedures against itself "so that the ultimate client, the student, is best served" (p. 413). He found that when decisions contradicted the district's norms, the primary beneficiaries of such decisions were the students and their parents and that the school staff form the secondary group of beneficiaries.
Trixie

Chesterfield, MO

#19 Feb 26, 2012
year2011 has WAAAY too much time on his/her hands! lol
Godfather Binion Blues

West Liberty, KY

#20 Feb 26, 2012
Bothersome wrote:
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Let's just wait & see if anyone from outside the county even applies for the job. I'm betting that won't happen. You can't hire somebody from out of the county if they don't apply.
You know I really can't understand why it matters either way where the new superintendent is from. If someone is qualified and can PERFORM the duties of the office that lives in the county they should be considered. If we have people apply from outside this county that are qualified and can PERFORM the duties of the office then by all means they should be considered as much as someone from inside the county. What matters is that the Good Old Boys Network is not allowed to continue and that the best interest of the school kids are taken into consideration this time. This is many decades past due. Anyone who has followed the school system closely knows that the past two superintendents have taken everything out of this system that they possibly to benefit themselves and the children have suffered because of it. Just as it is happening with our county government the school system also needs to be overhauled and we need to call our board members and demand it. There are some inside of the current staff that wants this job that have no place in the seat of superintendent. Larry and Debbie certainly do not need this title unless we want our county school system to look like a circus show with a clown leading the way as it has for years. Everything start at the top with the leadership and comes down through the entire system. Someone new out of the area would be refreshing and a clean start for all, but someone in the county that is not inside Godfather Binion's circle would be nice too. That is if there is anyone in this county that is not inside the circle that has the qualifications. I wonder if there is even any of those?
concerned

Russell, KY

#21 Feb 27, 2012
Godfather Binion Blues wrote:
<quoted text>You know I really can't understand why it matters either way where the new superintendent is from. If someone is qualified and can PERFORM the duties of the office that lives in the county they should be considered. If we have people apply from outside this county that are qualified and can PERFORM the duties of the office then by all means they should be considered as much as someone from inside the county. What matters is that the Good Old Boys Network is not allowed to continue and that the best interest of the school kids are taken into consideration this time. This is many decades past due. Anyone who has followed the school system closely knows that the past two superintendents have taken everything out of this system that they possibly to benefit themselves and the children have suffered because of it. Just as it is happening with our county government the school system also needs to be overhauled and we need to call our board members and demand it. There are some inside of the current staff that wants this job that have no place in the seat of superintendent. Larry and Debbie certainly do not need this title unless we want our county school system to look like a circus show with a clown leading the way as it has for years. Everything start at the top with the leadership and comes down through the entire system. Someone new out of the area would be refreshing and a clean start for all, but someone in the county that is not inside Godfather Binion's circle would be nice too. That is if there is anyone in this county that is not inside the circle that has the qualifications. I wonder if there is even any of those?
Many of us have to work for a living. Those of us who work have an employer. We may not agree with the employer at all times, but you do what you are told to do---that is how we as a society keeps our jobs.
Just because your boss does something , does not mean you agree or would do it if you were boss.
I do not know if Debby will run for Superintendent. but comparing her to previous Superintendents, is not fair. I know Debby , she has taught in the middle school, she has taught special education and she now works at the board office, she has a vision for the school system, or she has as long as I have know her.
Her children graduated the school system, she graduated college with honors. She has always put the academics needs of the children first. I have saw her at the academic meets, I have saw her working in the school system since she has been employed at the board office.
I think those that know her, know what an intelligent woman she is and know she cares about the needs of the kids and the kids themselves.
It is not fair to trash someone just because they work for someone else.
I think those of us who are interested in our children need to look at her record since she has been in the school system. I hope she runs and wins.
She has lived in this community all her life, she is a good hard working woman who believes in a hards day work and does it daily.
I think there will be many from the county who will apply and each should be judged on their own merit.
A stranger may or may not care about your children, they may or may not be more qualified and they just may apply for the job because no other county will hire them.
It is our children and I hope the board of education makes a wise choice because they have our childrens education in their hands. Many counties have hired Superintendents whom they did not know and many have lived to regret it.
Lets wait and see who runs and then discuss it

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