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The Spin We’re In:
High Turnover in School Superintendents Impacts Districts
Pattern Releases Issue Brief on High Turnover in School District Superintendents
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NEWBURGH, September 2, 2014 – When students in the Hudson Valley return to school next week, for many it will mean heading back to districts impacted by a trend of instability in the highest ranks of school leadership.
Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress released an issue brief on this topic on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Pattern for Progress website.
“The Spin We’re In: High Turnover in School Superintendents Impacts Districts,” draws its conclusions on data collected on all 122 districts in the Hudson Valley. The report points to a troubling rate of turnover among school superintendents, the top leader in public school districts and the individual who sets goals for schools and then charts the course for how to reach those goals.
Among the findings:
- The vast majority, 75%, of Hudson Valley school superintendents – a total of 91 – have been in their current posts for five years or less.
- Of all Hudson Valley superintendents, including interims, 21 superintendents have been in their current posts for nine months or less
The report makes several recommendations in regard to the trend.
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Data collection on the report was lead by Pattern research assistant Smaranda Dumitru. The issue brief was written by Pattern Vice President Barbara Gref.