Keys for Superintendent Success

A graduate of Nova University, Michael Kuzniewski earned a doctor of education in educational leadership and has more than 30 years of experience in the field. Since 2010, Michael Kuzniewski has served as the superintendent of JS Morton High School District 201 in Cicero and Berwyn, Illinois.

The head of a school district, the superintendent balances the needs of its schools with the requirements of the district’s community, students, parents, staff, and board of trustees. Meeting the needs of all of these groups can be a difficult, time-consuming process, but by understanding some key tips, a superintendent can manage them successfully.

Strive to be clear. Communication is important when dealing with any group, but it is especially important when describing a vision for the school district as a whole. People are more likely to support goals and objectives when they can understand and appreciate them.

Strive for equality. Especially important when communicating with the board of trustees, ensure that all members receive updates regardless of how often they deal directly with the superintendent. Similarly, communicating only with the board is a surefire way to alienate and aggravate the other groups.

Strive for leadership. Perhaps the most important part of a superintendent’s job, leadership guides the actions of the district and all of its groups. Leadership can also help solve issues that arise throughout the year and helps ensure that both the district and the superintendent meet their goals.

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