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    The school board is the final say-so on the hiring and firing of personnel. Signing a letter of intent may be tantamount to signing your contract where you are, but it varies from place to place. Where I live, small districts have boards that scrutinize every name that comes before it. Generally they accept the names that the superintendent brings before them, but not always. In large districts they pretty much rubber stamp all the candidates.

    This summer my husband has experienced both. In one small school district, he was assured he had a job by the superintendent, but the board voted NOT to hire him--after we had waited 3 weeks thinking he was hired and he wasn't looking anywhere else for a job. Fortunately, three days later he was hired by a large district. The personnel director told us that she had processed over 600 new teachers this summer. In this case, the board definitely goes with the hiring decisions of the people under them.

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