They Should Teach This in Superintendent School.

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When you go to Superintendent School they teach you a lot of things.Just Say It!

Such as, superintendents get paid more than principals (I got an A on this quiz… nailed it!).

Usually, this lesson is enough to pique one’s interest.

They also teach you about public relations, finances, and school law.

That’s the good part.

The bad part is they don’t teach you everything.  Some things you just have to learn on the job.

This is not very reassuring…for the superintendent and school board.

Lots of Responsibility + Lack of Knowledge = Ruh Roh, Raggy!

In a perfect world, superintendents would be prepared when they started their new careers, but as you might’ve heard, the world isn’t always perfect (if this is news to you… I’m sorry you had to hear it here).

The superintendentcy is a big job, so I can’t really blame universities if some things fall through the cracks.

Not to complain but… there is one little tidbit I would like to see college professors share before diplomas are handed out.

Teach future educational leaders how to say "No".

Everyone can say "Yes", but only a select few can say "No".

I think this gets many people into trouble.  It’s almost like new superintendents need a safe word.

Personally, mine is "Serenity now!" (if you see me screaming this while huddled in a corner rocking back and forth in a fetal position… please back away slowly… and notify the authorities).

Saying no sounds simple, but it’s hard.

Really hard.

Especially for people who haven’t been taught.

I want it noted this is the only blog where you get  Superintendent talk mixed in with Seinfeld and Scooby-Doo references.  You’re welcome.

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3 Responses to “They Should Teach This in Superintendent School.”

  1. Dave Meister
    on Jan 21st, 2012
    @ 10:05 pm

    I practice saying no to my principal in the mirror. It is almost as if I am saying no to him in real life. #advantagesofdoingbothjobs #absolutelytheonlyoneicanthinkof #dostupidhashtagsworkonyourblog?

  2. Thomas Giblin
    on Jan 22nd, 2012
    @ 1:28 pm

    I like your style, Mike.
    “As a school superintendent I had an opportunity to select several school principals and can honestly say that each time I knew it was the most important decision I would make that year. The effective principal makes a difference every day; it’s an awesome responsibility but a terrific opportunity for the right person.” (from my blog about Perfect Principals at

  3. Bill
    on Jan 23rd, 2012
    @ 3:30 pm

    Thanks Mike! It is difficult enough at the building level in admin, but this is certainly something none of us are taught or at least I wasn t… It is those difficult conversation s in which principals have to have (AP) here in which I find being the toughest…not only saying no but reprimanding and terminating people. Also, the ignorant and state of denial Parents whose child does no wrong… This is part of Leadership I guess?

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