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Document Number: 5172

The View from Inside: A Candid Look at Today’s School Superintendent - The results of a 2003 survey of superintendents in Colorado’s 178 school districts, this report presents findings in four main areas: superintendent effectiveness, recruitment and retention, school board relations and superintendent professional development. Quotes from focus group participants also are provided. The authors found that 80% of current superintendents feel there is a shortage of qualified superintendent candidates, while improving compensation, easing pension and benefit portability across state lines and encouraging extended contracts were cited as the best methods of attracting and retaining them. Trends and attitudes of rural superintendents are broken out, and recommendations from superintendents to state and federal policymakers are provided. (Colorado Association of School Executives, 2003)...

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