An analysis of the methods of succession school boards of education in North Carolina use to select superintendents

Sharmaine Crumpler Butler, Fayetteville State University

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze the methods of succession school boards of education in North Carolina used to fill superintendent positions and to determine the conditions needed to establish an effective succession of superintendents. Participants in the study included the entire population of school board chairpersons and superintendents in the 115 school districts in North Carolina.^ The design of the study was a mixed methodology consisting of both quantitative and qualitative components. A Likert scale survey was used to collect the data. The responses of the participants were analyzed using a Chi-square test of independence and an independent samples t test.^ As a result of the study, six areas of significance were revealed: (1) Superintendents were less likely to feel that succession was a concept that is generally used when discussing the selection of the superintendent than school board chairs. (2) School board chairs were less likely to feel that the local school board of education has established systematic means to identify possible replacement needs stemming from retirement or other predictable losses of the superintendent than district superintendents. (3) Superintendents were less likely to disagree that systematic approaches identifying individuals who have the potential to advance to the level of superintendent exist in their school district than school board chairs. (4) Superintendents slightly agreed that the values of the school district were defined than the school board chairs. (5) Superintendents slightly agreed that a fair and realistic assessment of the individual is provided by the school district than school board chairs. (6) School board chairs felt that the school district should build its own talent pool than the superintendent.^

Subject Area

Education, Administration

Recommended Citation

Sharmaine Crumpler Butler, "An analysis of the methods of succession school boards of education in North Carolina use to select superintendents" (January 1, 2005). ETD Collection for Fayetteville State University. Paper AAI3287780.
http://digitalcommons.uncfsu.edu/dissertations/AAI3287780

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