CBA - Qualifications of Superintendent

  • As the chief executive officer of the district, the board expects the superintendent to provide leadership in all phases of the educational program in the district. As such, the superintendent will have attained the qualifications necessary to fulfill the duties of the position.

    The superintendent will have earned at least a master’s degree, preferably a doctorate, in the area of educational administration from a recognized accredited institution or have met the criteria for alternate route certification. The board also requires all other minimum licensing and certification requirements set forth by the South Carolina State Board of Education.

    Persons considered for this position should have at least five years of experience in education (three years of experience as a pre-K through 12 or post-secondary teacher and two years as a school or school district administrator, postsecondary administrator, or school business administrator) or at least 10 years of successful experience in a senior position of leadership such as chief executive officer in a business corporation or agency, military officer, or other position with responsibilities similar to those of a district superintendent. In meeting this requirement, the board may make appropriate allowances for the possession of earned advanced degrees.

    Because the superintendent is serving in a leadership position at the highest level in the public schools, demonstrated competence as an instructional leader with an understanding of the management of facilities, transportation, nutrition, technology, human resources, budgeting, and other facets of district operation is a necessary prerequisite for this position. Additionally, persons considered for this position should have maintained active membership in and participated in professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels promoting public education and/or effective educational administration.

    The board retains the right to establish additional qualifications for the position that exceed these requirements. Any such additional qualifications will be published along with the notice of vacancy. 

    Issued 1/19
    Adopted 1/29/19


    Legal References:

    1. S. C. Code of Laws, 1976, as amended:
      1. Section 59-13-20 - Qualifications of superintendents.
    1. S.C. State Board of Education Regulations:
      1. R43-64 - Requirements for initial certification at the advanced level.