What Do Superintendents Do?

Superintendents establish relationships with all members of the local community. They keep the board informed of happenings and events in the district. They also make recommendations about the district’s daily operations.

Superintendents are responsible for creating the agenda for local board of education meetings. They sit through all board meetings and make recommendations. However, they cannot vote on any issues. Superintendents carry out the mandates that the boards approve.

Superintendents evaluate principals and assistant principals. They regularly meet with principals about the details of the daily operations of the organization. Some superintendents have one-on-one interaction with teachers and coaches.

Superintendents are directly responsible for hiring and terminating support staff. They play a key role in keeping trustworthy and reliable personnel in the administrative positions. They also decide whether to deny or accept a transfer for potential outgoing and incoming students.

Superintendents create and manage a school budget. They figure out how to allocate the money. When the budget is tight, superintendents decide which programs and teachers to cut. In such cases, they examine all options and make cuts in areas in which they believe the impact is insignificant.

Superintendents ensure that the approved curriculum satisfies state, district and national standards. They also search for methods to improve their districts and write new district policies. They review and revise old policies. They prepare and submit various reports regarding student and teacher data throughout the academic year.