With 34 superintendent vacancies in Kentucky last year, a 2007 AASA national report appears to be more of a premonition than a statistical revelation. According to AASA’s “2007 State of the Superintendency Survey: Aspiring to the Superintendency,” 39 percent of superintendents indicated retirement was within their five-year plan. As a matter of fact, a June 2008 AASA press release on the report stated, “…that due to retirements and turnover, nearly 80 percent of all superintendents could retire or change positions in the next five years.” Confronted with a negative funding trend, numerous family sacrifices and increasing board expectations, clearly the job of superintendent is not for everyone.
As AASA researchers grapple with recruiting more candidates, though, the report revealed, “Eighty percent of superintendents reported that no programs exist in their districts to identify individuals aspiring to the superintendency.” However in Kentucky, KASA has offers aspiring superintendent training. While other states consider establishing a superintendent mentoring program, KASA continues to provide such a program. KDE also offers the Minority Superintendent Internship Program. So, if you’re thinking about applying for a superintendent position, Kentucky is a great state in which to do so.
Superintendents agree the job is not for everyone, but they also argue it means opportunities. Opportunities to: have a direct impact on teaching and learning; nurture and guide outstanding teachers; and serve as an advocate for public education. It means an opportunity to follow a calling.
There’s no doubt many more vacancies will ocurr in the coming months. All of these positions are deserving of equally outstanding administrators who are passionate about teaching and learning and care deeply for the students they serve. Are you one of those administrators? If so, make a note to come back to this website at the first of the year and check out the postings. Then follow your calling.