Office of the Superintendent
200 Douglas Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 778-4604
Fax (707) 778-4736

Professional Standards for the Superintendent
The superintendent is the chief executive officer of the school district and is directly responsible to the Board of Education. As such, he is expected to work for the fulfillment of the District goals and objectives, as established by the Board, and to supervise all District operations in accordance with Board direction and policies.

The instructional team members in the District's K-12 schools have curriculum standards to which they must teach. Our students have achievement standards that they must attain to assure promotion between grade levels and to graduate with a high school diploma. Working in collaboration with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the California School Boards Association (CSBA) there are now Statewide professional standards for District superintendents. Professional administrative standards for educational leaders are aligned to the Standards for Governance as adopted by the Petaluma City Schools District Board of Education.

Standards for the Superintendent
Promotes the success of all students and supports the efforts of the Board of Trustees to keep the Petaluma District focused on student learning and achievement.

Values, advocates and supports public education to all segments of the Petaluma community.

Recognizes, values, and respects the differences of perspective and style on the Board and among staff, students, parents, and the Petaluma community. Provides timely and professional data that ensures that a diverse range of views is represented, so the Board is informed when making policy decisions.

The Superintendent acts with dignity, civility and treats all individuals with mutual trust and respect.

Serves as a model for the value of lifelong learning and supports the Board's continuous professional development.

Works with the Board, as a member of the District Governance Team, to assure collective responsibility for building a unity of purpose, communicating a common vision, and creating a positive organizational culture.

The Superintendent understands the distinction between the School Board and District Staff roles and responsibilities.

Understands that authority rests with the Board as a whole. The Superintendent provides information, data, and guidance to the Board to assist in their policy decision making responsibilities.

The Superintendent communicates openly with trust and integrity. He provides all Members of the Board with equal access to information and recognizes the importance of both responsive and anticipatory communications.

Accepts leadership in responsibility and accountability for implementing the vision, goals, and policies of the District's Board of Education.

Superintendent's Responsibilities and Duties

Responsibilities Related to the Board
  • The Superintendent advises the Board on the need for new and/or revised policies and makes policy recommendations based on data and input from staff and advisory committees.
  • Submits to the Board recommendations relative to all matters requiring Board action, together with the materials needed for informed decisions.
  • Reports periodically on all District operations.
  • Conducts special studies as requested by the Board.
  • Secures legal opinions when needed or requested by the Board.
  • Provides advice and leadership to the Board and to the District's chief negotiator during the collective bargaining process.
  • As Secretary to the Board, prepares the agenda and minutes of Board meetings, handles Board correspondence, and maintains all Board records, contracts, securities and other documents.
  • Assists the Board in designing a process for evaluating Superintendent performance based on mutually agreed upon goals and objectives.

Responsibilities Related to the Personnel

  • The Superintendent coordinates the work of all District schools and departments.
  • Defines the duties of all District personnel and coordinates administrative staff activities.
  • Selects and recommends to the Board candidates for employment, in accordance with nondiscrimination policies and affirmative action plans. Advises the Board regarding the leave, classification, retirement, resignation, promotion, suspension or dismissal of District employees.
  • Assigns personnel within the District in accordance with Board policy and the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Promotes a Districtwide positive work environment.
  • Ensures that each staff member is evaluated and identifies appropriate opportunities for continued professional development.
  • Maintains appropriate channels of two-way communication within the District.
  • Ensures that staff is informed about relevant federal, state, and county laws; District policies, regulations and procedures; and matters related to the improvement and welfare of the schools.
    Anticipates, manages and resolves conflicts.
  • Serves as liaison between the Board and District staff.

Responsibilities Related to Students and the Instructional Program

  • The Superintendent enforces compulsory attendance laws.
  • Provides the Board with regular reports and/or evaluations of District programs and student progress.
  • Together with staff, studies the curriculum and makes recommendations to the Board regarding the courses of study, major changes in texts and time schedules and promising programs.
  • Apprises the Board of contemporary educational practices and related legislative issues which the Superintendent discovers by professional readings, attending professional conferences and visiting other school systems.
  • Ensures that there is a continuous focus on student growth and learning.
  • Ensures equitable administration of student discipline policies. Under appropriate circumstances, recommends to the Board a student's suspension or expulsion.
  • Works with staff, the Board and the community in planning and implementing support services for students.

Responsibilities Related to Noninstructional Operations

  • The Superintendent seeks and identifies sources of income and funding.
  • Maintains and updates adequate enrollment and scholastic records, business and property records and personnel records.
  • Submits to the Board periodic financial and budgetary reports which identify the District's outstanding obligations.
  • Annually prepare and submits to the Board, the District budget for the upcoming year; revises this budget or takes other related action as the Board designates.
  • Approves all expenditures in accordance with Board policy and within Board-approved appropriation limits.
  • Makes recommendations to the Board regarding the maintenance, safety, improvement and/or expansion of school facilities, sites, equipment and transportation services.
  • Develops regulations and procedures for the management of school operations and the use and care of school properties.
  • Monitors District property, casualty and workers' compensation loss experience to ensure that appropriate risk management and loss control strategies are employed.

Responsibilities Related to the Community

  • The Superintendent serves as a District spokesperson, as assigned in relationships with city, county, and state governments, private agencies, and the school community.
  • Keeps the community informed about school matters; promotes community support and involvement with the District schools.
  • Participates in appropriate community organizations and functions.
  • Hears complaints against the District, individual schools, District programs and/or services, and resolves controversies.