Qualifications and Duties of Superintendent


Maine School Administrative District No. 31


Title: Superintendent of Schools


The Superintendent shall hold a superintendent's certificate as prescribed by the State of


General Responsibilities

The superintendent of schools is the chief executive officer of the school system
responsible to the Board of Directors to administer the school system within the policies
of the Board and the laws of the State of Maine. The superintendent plans, develops, and
directs the overall educational program to fulfill the educational needs of all pupils of the
District and to achieve the educational needs of all pupils of the District and to achieve
the educational objectives of the school system established by the Board of Directors.
He/she directs and is responsible for all activities of the school system.

Organizational Relationships

The superintendent reports to the Board of Directors. Every school system employee,
directly or indirectly, reports to the superintendent. The following positions report
directly to the superintendent:

Principal, Primary schools                    
District Nurse
Principal, Middle School
                       Building/Grounds Supervisor
Principal, High School
                          Transportation Director
Director of Special Services
                 Director of Food Services
Director of Adult Education
                Technology Coordinator
                                                            Central Office Staff

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

To be responsible for the long term forward planning of the education program and
operation of the school system in order to provide for the future educational needs of the

To develop and recommend educational and operating policies for consideration and
action by the Board of Directors; to advise the Board on policy matters as requested; and

To direct, administer, coordinate, and control, through the individual principals, the
education program, and the operations of all schools in the system.

To direct and administer the school system's staff development; the continued
development and coordination of curriculum; and the special education services.

To approve the selection and employment of all professional staff engaged by the
school system and to nominate them to the Board for election.

To approve and recommend to the Board the promotion, transfer, or dismissal of all
administrative and professional staff in the system. To report to the Board the case
of any professional employee whose service is unsatisfactory and to recommend
appropriate action.

To undertake a continuing and systematic evaluation of the performance and
development of all teachers throughout the school system.

To direct and administer the supporting business and plant services of the school
system in an efficient and economical manner, including: general business,
budgeting, accounting, and purchasing services; plant operation and maintenance; and
school cafeteria services.

To provide professional leadership in education throughout the school system; and
to study, keep informed of, and stimulate staff interest in new developments in
education thought and practice through visits to other school systems, attendance
at the educational conferences, and encouragement of educational innovation and
exploration by the staff.

To be responsible for the preparation of a recommended annual school budget to
meet the objectives of the education program; to present and interpret the
recommended budget to the Board of Directors and to administer the approved
budget efficiently and economically.

To be responsible for the overall direction and execution of the school system's public
information program designed to communicate objectives, needs, problems, and
accomplishments of the system to students, staff, parents, and the general public.

To attend and participate in all Board meetings, to keep the Board informed relative
to the
education program and school operations; to prepare the agenda for Board
meetings, consulting with the Board chairman and incorporating agenda requests
from Board members, staff members, and citizens; and to prepare reports of Board

To establish, with the approval of the Board, rules and regulations needed for the
direction and control of staff and students.

To see that all necessary records are kept and reports are made pertaining to pupils,
staff, and finances as required by the Board of Directors and the State Department of
Education; and to designate specific responsibility for such records and reports.

To assume such additional duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the
Board of Directors.

The superintendent may delegate to appropriate administrators and professional staff
the responsibility and authority to discharge appropriate duties and responsibilities
vested in him by the Board of Directors. However, the delegation of such duties does
not relieve the superintendent of the ultimate responsibility for all activities of the
school system.

First Reading: 02/18/1987