The board chair and the superintendent collaborate on the meeting agenda and other operational issues facing the board.
The superintendent is a non-voting member of the district leadership team and an employee of the board. The board holds the superintendent responsible for carrying out its policies within established guidelines and for informing board members about district operations.
The board has a responsibility to insulate the superintendent from outside pressures, and it is the chair’s responsibility to ensure that the superintendent does the job without excessive outside interference.
It is especially important for board chairs to have an open working relationship with the superintendent. The superintendent needs to be able to discuss matters with the chair without fear of repercussions. Establishing a level of trust from the beginning will help this relationship work.