Things To Consider When Hiring A School District Superintendent
Just recently, there has been a news of Dr. John Rubio, Emery Unified School District Superintendent, expressing his intention to leave the aforementioned School District. There’s no doubt that for any school or university, something like the leave of a superintendent is something that’s to be expected at some point in time but, this doesn’t change the fact that finding a new one that would support the school in place of your long-time superintendent, would prove to be a very challenging task to pull off. If you want to make sure that your school still gets the best superintendent possible who’ll also be able to seamlessly blend in with the management and the students, you need to be careful on who you’ll choose.
One of the obvious aspect you need to look for in an aspiring superintendent is whether he has the qualifications fit for the job. Some of the most common qualifications or credentials that a person aspiring for this position should never be without, includes license, educational excellence along with certificates. These basic qualifications may seem simple but, they are important as they showcase the foundation of the superintendent and confirm if he has what it takes to take the position.
Of course, you should also put into your checklist, the experience of the individual. Even if he has the basic qualifications, it doesn’t mean that he has already accumulated enough experience to become a school superintendent. You should know that there are numerous things that cannot be taught or realized in a short span of time and those who may have already been in contact with schools for years would surely have more edge compared to those with less experience. With qualifications on top of experience, you’ll surely have a more worry-free experience in your district.
Of course, you should always pay extra attention on the resume and not only on their skills but also on their references. You should talk to their references but of course, if they are not provided on their documents, you could always request it from them. Talking to references would surely allow you to have a deeper understanding of the individual, as you’ll be hearing more about him from people he have already encountered before but of course, make sure that you pose the right questions to have a more fruitful endeavor.
You should also have already been prepared to talk with the one who’s applying for the superintendent position. Of course, it would not mean anything if you just ask him about skills and qualifications that are already on paper – make sure that you talk more about his aspirations in this line of work, his goals, platforms and his perspective when it comes to challenges, as these are vital aspects that a superintendent must ace to be fit for this outstanding work.