Superintendent (education)

Superintendent (Education)

Superintendent (education)

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In education in the United States, a superintendent (also known as a chief school administrator in many states) is an individual who has executive oversight and administration rights, usually within an educational entity or organization.

United States

Many state departments of education in the United States refer to their senior administrator as superintendent.Generally, public school district superintendents are selected by a school board of a local school district. As chief executive officer of the public school, the superintendent has oversight for what is often one of the larger businesses within the community the district serves.

Most superintendents are members on the board of education (school board) of their school district, but they usually cannot vote as members of the board. While there are exceptions, many school districts now require, or desire, that their superintendent hold a doctoral degree. Depending on the state in which they serve, a public school superintendent might also be referred to as "chief education officer", or "chief executive officer". Most superintendents are hired by the board of education (or board of trustees), which is a governing entity of the district composed of elected officials from the communities the school district serves.

Current chief state school officers



Other countries

The term 'superintendent' is rarely used for education in the United Kingdom (possibly to avoid confusion with the police rank); in...
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