The role of CEO (Chief Education Officer) – district superintendents

Since the post about the role of the last week, I have received several questions about the role of the .  It is important to understand how this critical role impacts the entire district and in the end, all students.

I laid out the areas of responsibility in .  As a reminder, the identifies the following areas of responsibilities: Policy, Finance, Staffing, Collective bargaining, Performance Standards, Professional development, School Councils, Advocacy, Curriculum, Governance, and Communication.

The Massachusetts Association of School Committees defines the roles and responsibilities for school superintendents in their “Charting the Course” offering:

Policy: Develops and informs committee or procedures required to implement committee policies; recommends policy options to school committee when new or ammended policies are required.

Finance: Oversees the operation of the annual budget; Provides updates to the school committee; Provides early notice of potential budget overruns or shortfalls.

Staffing: Appoints, disciplines and discharges administrators principals, and staff not assigned to particular schools. Reviews and approves principal’s hire of all teachers, athletic coaches, and other staff assigned to a particular school.

Collective bargaining: Serves as a resource in collective bargaining.  Assure adherence to all collective bargaining agreements.

Performance Standards: Assures the evaluation of personnel according to district and state standards; Develops performance standards for all staff aligned to school committee policy, contractual agreements and educational goals of the district.

Professional Development: Implements the professional development program adopted by the school committee. Ensures professional development activities are available to all school department employees.

School Councils:  Reviews with principals the role of school councils and relevant activities.

Advocacy:  Engages in advocacy on behalf of students and their schools promoting the benefits of a public school system to the community; Works with local and state officials to gain support for a fair and sound school budget aligned to district goals and objectives.

Curriculum: Recommends major adoptions of courses or text book; Ensures there is a process to develop and refine curriculum.

Governance:  Acts as the school committees chief executive officer and educational advisor in all efforts of the committee; Serves point of contact for schools’ administrative teams; Proposes and initiates a process for long range and strategic planning; Ensures school provides equal opportunity for students and staff.

Communication: Keeps all school committee members informed about school operations and programs; develops and implements a plan for working with media; shares responsibility for open communication with community.