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Why School Superintendents Should Act More Like CEOs

September 3, 2015

Public School SuperintendentThe pressure on public schools today is immense. Public Schools are expected to be all things to all people. Provide top scores on testing, be accountable for every penny of tax dollars being spent and solve all the social problems our society faces. This pressure has meant the job of superintendent has gone from difficult to nearly impossible.

One of the main critiques of schools that I hear is that they need to be “more like the private sector” when they are running their school districts. This is true in one regard. Superintendents need to start acting like the CEOs they are instead of the educator that many were trained to be.

The job of school superintendent can be brutal. It includes long hours at the office, high levels of public scrutiny, a labor face to keep engaged and building a management team that meets high-level expectations, all while over seeing a multimillion-dollar budget.

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Clear & Decisive Communications during a Crisis Earns the Public’s Trust

June 3, 2015

From the Marysville Journal-Tribune, an editorial posted May 29, 2015,
regarding the Marysville school district, an AHC client.

“Refreshing to see school issues handled swiftly, openly”

The sudden removal of an elementary school principal and a high school teacher from their posts in the Marysville school district have been the talk of the town for the last month.

Many local residents have bemoaned both situations as black eyes for the schools. District officials and educators probably wish both situations would resolve themselves and go away. Eventually they will.

But I believe the public’s knowledge of the situations is a positive thing.

At the root of the issues are allegations made against two individuals, not against the district. The only claim you can make against the district is that it heard claims made against two employees and handled them swiftly.

This has not always been the case around this town.

Allegations of student/teacher relationships swirled around Marysville High School when I was there more than 20 years ago. Similar allegations have surfaced while I have worked at the Journal-Tribune.

On at least two of the occasions, educators quietly left the district to seek employment elsewhere. No formal action was raised by the school district and law enforcement was never involved. They simply headed down the road to become someone else’s problem.

Last year, Trinity Lutheran School found out what can happen when teachers seek employment in another state following allegations. The school was forced to deal with a situation in which a teacher passed a background check and was hired despite a scandal involving a student in Illinois. Trinity had nothing to do with the allegations and it occurred years before the teacher arrived at the school, but Trinity was forced to deal with it because the district in Illinois hadn’t.

With the recent events, residents can at least take heart that the allegations were dealt with quickly and publicly. Parents and, for the most part, the public have been kept apprised of updates with the cases.

Details continue to trickle out on both situations allowing citizens to decide who they believe.

For people in this area to think that public employees, including educators, don’t make poor decisions is arrogant. There is no bubble of absolute morality that protects this school district or county.

Bad apples can be found in any barrel. The only thing you can hope is that the person tending the barrel has the sense to pluck it quickly, rather than push it to the bottom and deny it was rotten.

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Joel Gagne at the University of Michigan

February 8, 2015

Enhancing your Public Image in the Era of Social Media – Tips for Nonprofits

 

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Cathy Olshefski

October 5, 2014

“Right from the start, Allerton Hill Consulting impressed us with their efficient, professional manner – an approach that not only inspired confidence, but generated the results we were looking for.”

– Cathy Olshefski, Board Member, Pickerington Local School District

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EVENT @ University of Dayton: How to Win a Levy

February 18, 2014

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Dr Gary Pack of Princeton City Schools testimonial for Allerton Hill Consulting

November 21, 2013

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Allerton Hill Consulting mentioned in Amex Open Forum

November 4, 2013

Remember Your Mission

In the Internet era, it’s not easy to run a brick-and-mortar bookstore—even one that’s beloved in its community, like The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, North Carolina. That’s why when owner Kimberly Daniels gets discouraged, she gets out from behind her desk.  “I get up and interact with customers,” she says. “If I just engage with customers, I am able to see where we fit in people’s lives and remember the good we do.”

That’s also the strategy used by Joel Gagne. As the owner of Allerton Hill Consulting, which specializes in helping school districts communicate with their stakeholders, he focuses on his company’s mission whenever he faces a setback. “We are here to help public schools,” he says. “They so desperately need the type of work we do. It helps to focus on the positive impact we create for public schools, year in and year out.”

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Speaking at Wisconsin ASBO “protecting your credibility with the community about finances”

October 10, 2013

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What Kind of Communication Products and Services does Allerton Hill offer schools

October 8, 2013

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Rick Hanes

July 18, 2013

“Allerton Hill has played a key role in our communications strategy. From explaining the need for a bond to replace old buildings, to marketing the value our public schools…

Allerton Hill understands what is needed to craft a message that resonates with a conservative public during tough economic times. Allerton Hill Consulting knows how to connect schools with their community.”

— Richard A. Hanes, Superintendent Piqua City Schools

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