SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
Primary Purpose:
The Superintendent of Schools shall be the chief executive officer of the School Committee and serves as its professional advisor. In accordance with the policies of the School Committee and statutes of the Commonwealth, he shall provide professional leadership for the public education in Leicester.

Contractual Relationships:
The conditions of employment and contractual relationship are included in the individual contract with the School Committee.

Organizational Relationships:
  1. Is responsible directly to the Leicester School Committee.
  2. With the assistance of key administrative and supervisory personnel, supervises the work of all employees of the public schools.
  3. Must work cooperatively with citizens and groups within the community as well as with persons in other human service agencies.

Main Components:
The professional leadership of the Leicester Public Schools focuses upon these main components:
  1. Instructional Leadership
    1. The development of an educational program that will enable Leicester students to succeed in tomorrow’s society
    2. The selection of a professional staff for this program and development thereof
    3. The provision of adequate school plant to house this educational program
    4. The provision of adequate resources and materials for the educational program
  2. Coordination of supporting staff and services for the enhancement of the educational program.

The quality of the supporting services of business – secretarial, clerical, maintenance, custodial, cafeteria, medical, and transportation are essential to the educational program.

Major Responsibilities (flowing from above components):
  1. Management of School System
  2. Preparation of Policies for School Committee
  3. Preparation of District Budget
  4. Evaluation of Employees
  5. Assignment of Teachers
  6. Hiring
  7. Discipline (students and staff)
  8. Layoff of Teachers
  9. Leaves
  10. Additional aspects listed under the Educational Reform Act of 1993.

Qualifications:
  1. To be considered as an applicant, a person must have (or must produce evidence that he or she will be able to secure) Massachusetts certification as a Superintendent.
  2. The School Committee is at liberty to add qualifications above and beyond those required by the state for certification. These added qualifications might include items such as: level of degree - master’s degree, master’s plus thirty or doctorate, certain emphasis in undergraduate or graduate education, specific qualifications with reference to past experience, and membership eligibility for membership in professional groups such as the American Association of School Administrators. The most practical time to discuss and make decisions about “above and beyond” qualifications is on the occasion of seeking applicants for the position of Superintendent of Schools.

Adopted: Prior to 2013