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As a corollary to the CSBA Professional Governance Standards, a team of California superintendents including the ACSA Superintendents Committee and the CSBA Superintendents Advisory Council has developed a set of Superintendent Governance Standards. We highly recommend that these be included as part of the Professional Governance Standards adoption.

The Superintendent:

  • Promotes the success of all students and supports the efforts of the Board of Trustees to keep the district focused on learning and achievement.
  • Values, advocates and supports public education and all stake holders.
  • Recognizes and respects the differences of perspective and style on the Board and among staff, students, parents and the community — and ensures that the diverse range of views inform board decisions.
  • Acts with dignity, treats everyone with civility and respect, and understands the implications of demeanor and behavior.
  • Serves as a model for the value of lifelong learning and supports the Board’s continuous professional development.
  • Works with the Board as a “governance team” and assures collective responsibility for building a unity of purpose, communicating a common vision and creating a positive organizational culture.
  • Recognizes that the board/superintendent governance relationship is supported by the management team in each district.
  • Understands the distinctions between board and staff roles, and respects the role of the Board as the representative of the community.
  • Understands that authority rests with the Board as a whole; provides guidance to the Board to assist in decision-making; and provides leadership based on the direction of the Board as a whole.
  • Communicates openly with trust and integrity including providing all members of the Board with equal access to information, and recognizing the importance of both responsive and anticipatory communications. 
  • Accepts leadership responsibility and accountability for implementing the vision, goals and policies of the district.