The study investigated popular election results regarding therelationship between the variables of county board member defeat orreelection and the reappointment or dismissal of county schoolsuperintendents, in the state of North Carolina, within a one, two,three or four year time frame. All 100 county school districts werestudied over a 12year period of time in which an ex post factoquasiexperimental research design was used to determine therelationship between incumbent board member defeat and superintendentturnover following six general elections. Results of the study showthere was stability in both superintendent reappointment and incumbentschool board member reelection. These findings do not support previousresearch regarding the dissatisfaction theory in that previous studiesfound significant differences between superintendent turnover andincumbent school board member defeat. This study, unlike others, focusedon county public superintendent turnover and county board memberelection results as opposed to city or state superintendent and schoolboard member elections.
Journal of Educational Administration – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 1, 1991