Every superintendent and school board member must do more with less. You are expected to improve test scores, comply with complex mandates, monitor and report on teacher effectiveness— all while operating under shrinking budgets. State governments have tightened their fiscal belts, while local budgets show no signs of improvement. Yet, as challenging as these financial deficits are, there is a more serious deficit that threatens the very foundation of public education. And that is a deficit of stakeholder trust.
Without adequate reserves of stakeholder trust, a district’s shrinking resources are drained by unnecessary conflicts. District leaders, who are challenged to be more efficient and effective, end up wasting an inordinate amount of time fixing situations created by misunderstandings and misinformation, to the detriment of public education. But the real casualties are our children, who must be prepared to compete in an increasingly global society.
K12 Insight is helping hundreds of school districts nationwide build deep reserves of stakeholder trust, through ongoing two-way dialogue with parents, teachers, students and community members. We can help you, too.