Dr. Kieth A. Kriewaldt
As District Administrator of a small district, many hats are worn, such as:
Superintendent – A superintendent is basically the company manager. Under this hat the superintendent makes sure the district stays running. It is my job to make sure the lunch program has the food it needs, the building has enough paper (paper towels to copy paper) and the busses run on time. I also cover all the financial responsibilities from overseeing the checkbook and confirming all the bills are paid to the collection of any money due to the district from state and federal agencies.
Principal for 4-K to 5th grade – A principal oversees any issues relating to curriculum, friendships, or attendance. The principal makes sure the teachers get the supplies they need to educate the students. I create schedules to maximize the use of the building and staff. Finally, the principal handles and discipline issues that might come up during the day.
Human Resource Officer – The HR officer makes sure all the laws are followed in overseeing the new hires to current employees. I conduct all the posting of jobs, collection of applications, overseeing the interview process and hiring of the final candidate. It is also my responsibility to follow through on the hiring by conducting evaluations, putting in plans of improvement, and if needed – letting employees go.
Public Relations – In this PR role, it is important to make sure the School Board has the information they need to make decision along with keeping parents, students and staff informed. The PR role is also responsible for communicate any changes happening at the building, district, or state level.
All Other Duties As Assigned – There are more things a District Administrator does that does not fall under the above hats, such as: driving students home, shoveling sidewalks, jump starting parent’s vehicles, attending to sick children, and digging through the lunch trash can to locate missing retainers.
As the District Administrator, these and most other tasks would not be done without the support and the help of the Curriculum Director, Principal, Director of Special Education, Administrative Assistant, Bookkeeper, Director of Building & Grounds, or IT Support along with various support staff, teachers, and the splendid students and parents.