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A school superintendent holds one of the most important and highest career rankings in the school system. A superintendent is responsible for overseeing the actions of multiple schools. Some may even be in charge of an entire school board, depending on the size and needs of their city. The superintendent reports to the board of education in their region.
A school superintendent is the face of the school board - addressing related concerns to the public. They are also meant to be the primary facilitator between the board of education and the teaching staff. The superintendent is responsible for creating and nurturing community relationships and relationships with local politicians for the purpose of lobbying support and funds for their public school district.
Critical thinking skills are very important. A school superintendent must be able to plan and budget for current/future needs when it comes to school funding, hiring, and staff development. They must also be able to be pragmatic when conducting performance evaluations on staff members. Being a dedicated and respected leader is also a required skill. Strong presentation and public speaking skills are required as the superintendent will be expected to relay concerns and solutions to their board of education as well as to the public and media.
The minimum education required of most school superintendents is a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Most school boards prefer a Master's Degree in Education. Other related degrees, such as Business, may be considered. Licensing and certificate requirements may also vary depending on the state or province.