Patron Insight

Patron Insight + BAFC Consulting                                                            

What makes a great superintendent?
The non-profit organization Great Schools put together the following list of what makes an effective superintendent. We tend to agree.

  1. A great superintendent has a clear vision for the district. He or she works with the school board to set the vision, goals and objectives for the district, and then sees to it that the goals are achieved. We offer:
  • Visionary Leadership Process
  • Mission, Vision and Value Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Financial Planning
  • Capital Improvement Planning
  1. A great superintendent is an instructional leader.He or she knows that the most important job of the school district is to make sure students are learning and achieving at high levels. He or she is knowledgeable of the best practices for maximizing student achievement and is supportive of teachers in the district. We offer:
  • Best Practices Consortium
  • Program Evaluations
  • Curriculum Development
  • Early Childhood Education Services
  • Special Education Services
  1. A great superintendent is an effective communicatorHe or she must make a concerted effort to communicate the needs and accomplishments of the district in a variety of formats: through written reports, communication with the media, public meetings and attendance at school events. We offer:
  • Communication Audits
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Social Media
  • Online Content Development
  • Websites
  • Newsletters
  1. A great superintendent is a good manager. He or she directs the administrators to accomplish the goals of the district, monitors their progress and evaluates their performance. We offer: 
  • Temporary Placement
  • Payroll
  • Union Negotiations
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Human Resources Audits and Consulting
  • State and Federal Program Administration
  • Reporting and Compliance
  • Financial Risk Analysis
  • Data Collection and Monitoring
  • Compensation and Collective Bargaining
  • Dashboard Development
  1. A great superintendent is a good listener.He or she must listen and take into account differing viewpoints of various constituencies, and then make the best decision. We offer:
  • Pre-Election Surveys
  • Patron Satisfaction Surveys
  • Staff Surveys
  • Student Exit Surveys
  • Key Opinion Leader Interviews
  • Focus Groups
  1. A great superintendent is not afraid to take risks or make a commitment.An average superintendent might set goals that are vague or easily achieved, but a great superintendent sets bold goals that take effort and commitment. He or she then puts programs and resources in place to achieve those goals. We offer:
  • Campaign Management
  • Capital Improvement Planning
  • Risk Analysis
  • Boundary Changes
  • Budget Changes
  1. A great superintendent is flexible.He or she needs to be able to manage the politics of the job – to adapt to new board members, changes in state funding and changes in the school community without sacrificing the district’s vision. A great superintendent takes a collaborative rather than a confrontational approach. We offer:
  • Project Lighthouse
  • Nova Initiative
  • SuperSearch

For more information, please contact Rick Nobles at 913-484-0920 or