Politics first: Examining the practices of the multi-district superintendent

Daniella Hall, Erin McHenry-Sorber


Over the past decade, multiple states have implemented a form of regional school district consolidation referred to as multi-district unions. Their organizational structure enables districts to retain individual school boards within regional local education agencies, all of which are overseen by a superintendent and a central board. However, no empirical research has been conducted to date on the ensuing work of multi-district superintendents. In our exemplary case study, we analyze time records, interviews, and observations to understand the role allocations and work of one multi-district superintendent. We find the division of time and ensuing responsibilities of the multi-district superintendent is predominantly political to the organizational structure of the union, and we conclude with implications for policy and practice.



multi-district superintendent; superintendent; school board; multi-district union; joint union; regionalization; consolidation; rural schools; local control; case study

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.25.2934

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