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Parents want educated Teachers, challenging coursework, and safe schools for their children. Handling these concerns for one school can be time-consuming, and dealing with hundreds of schools in a state can be downright overwhelming! Fortunately, Regional Superintendents of Schools can share the load. As a Regional Superintendent of Schools, you’re responsible for providing leadership and support to a group of schools in one region of the state.
The chain of command for the Regional Superintendent of Schools varies a bit from state to state. For example, in some states, you report to the state Board of Education. In other states, you report directly to the State Superintendent of Schools.
Dealing with parental concerns is your primary function in this position. Parents with questions about funding, class sizes, safety, or curriculum call your office and talk to you. While you may be unable to solve the problem in one phone call, you do your best to reassure the parent that you’ll look into the issue and resolve it.
Staff in your region must have the proper education and certification, and periodically, you ask all Teachers to provide proof that they have their paperwork in order. You may also check the paperwork for new Teachers and Instructional Aides to make sure they’re qualified to do the work.
Schools may apply for regional or state grants in order to boost their coffers. Checking this paperwork and dispersing any funds the schools are eligible for may be your responsibility. If some schools in your region are in danger of going bankrupt, or the Teachers or staff members threaten to go on strike due to pay issues, you’re notified and you work with your Supervisor to resolve the issue.