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Description - A School District's Journey to Excellence by William R. McNeal

Written by an award winning superintendent and a successful educator and business person, this book is about courage, heart, brains and homeufour assets that are essential to effective education. Educational leaders must have the courage to do the right thing, open their hearts to care for others, use their brains to continuously improve, and promote caring and nurturing homes.A School DistrictAEs Journey to Excellence shows educators how to become adept at employing these four assets along with appropriateapractices to successfully educate public school children. The authors help superintendents, school leaders, school boards, and their constituencies understand the importance of implementing new methods and illustrate how to facilitate: Increased student achievement Progressive instructional leadership Better use of precious resources Strong school-community and school-business relationships Readers will find a realistic perspective on the best practices that work inside schools and how school boards and the greater community can best collaborate with school leaders to serve our children. Filled with sound educational and business practices, rich examples, cases, and data, this book will become a critical how-to manual to foster productive school change.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781412941587
ISBN-10: 141294158X
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 177mm x mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William R. McNeal

William R. McNeal became executive director of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators in July 2006 after retiring from his position as superintendent of the Wake County Public School System in Raleigh, North Carolina. In his current role, he leads the membership association that serves almost 7,000 public school administrators from all 115 school districts in North Carolina. McNeal is a 'home-grown' superintendent who experienced the entire 30-year history of the consolidated Wake County Public School System, from the classroom to the boardroom. Aside from his current role and brief stints in the military and teaching in Connecticut, his entire professional career was devoted to Wake County students. In 1974, McNeal became a social studies teacher at Carroll Junior High in Wake County. He was promoted to assistant principal in 1976 and then served as principal at East Garner Middle and Martin Middle Schools. In 1985, he became an assistant superintendent for administration, then an associate superintendent for auxiliary services and, in 1992, the associate superintendent for instructional services-an eight-year role as the superintendent's right-hand man responsible for students' academic progress. During this time, he became a key player in the development of the district's Goal 2003. In 2000, the Wake County Board of Education called upon McNeal to be superintendent and lead the school system he had served for so many years. McNeal has received many awards and honors for his service to public schools, including being named the National Superintendent of the Year in 2004 by the American Association of School Administrators. In July 2005, he was appointed the superintendent advisor to the North Carolina State Board of Education, a post he held until June 2006. He is a member of a number of boards: WakeMed Foundation; Peace College; Golden Corral; Triangle New School; North Carolina Public School Forum; Education: Everybody's Business Coalition; and Lightner Foundation. Thomas B. Oxholm has been a vice president of Wake Stone Corporation in Knightdale, North Carolina, since 1986, where his responsibilities include finance, accounting, human resources, and risk management. Oxholm is dedicated to service in the community, primarily in the areas of his church, public education, and healthcare. He was a Sunday school leader for teenagers for 30 years. For Wake County's largest hospital system, WakeMed, he serves as finance chair on the board of directors, and he has served the WakeMed Foundation in fund- and friend-raising for the last 10 years, currently as chairman. He has been recognized as the area's most influential business person in public education for the last 15 years. His credentials include: founder of the Wake County Business Education Leadership Council; Friends of Wake County, supporting the 1996, 1999, and 2006 school bonds; and chair of the School Finance Committee for the Wake Education Partnership, which published the first ever guide to Wake County Public School System spending-"Show Me The Money." His recognitions include the 1997 Citizen of the Year for the Town of Knightdale and Wake Education Partnership's 1998 Friend of Education for work with public schools. He also served one four-year term on the Wake County Board of Education. During those four years, he was paid a total of $47,000, all of which he donated to the Wake County Public School System. Tom also serves on the Board of Paragon Commercial Bank in Raleigh, chairing the Audit Committee. He graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976 with a degree in business administration, concentration in accounting. He became a certified public accountant in 1979.