A schools superintendent can serve both his teachers and school board.
We have seen it locally. An example is Joe Maruca, now a county supervisor, who generally was popular with the teachers when he was superintendent at the Central and Imperial school districts. That was because, among other things, he got his teachers salary increases. Maruca also remained in good enough stead with his school boards to keep his job at both places until he decided it was time to go.
Longtime El Centro Elementary School Superintendent Michael Klentschy, who for years seemed as highly regarded by his teachers as Maruca was, is no longer held in such high regard by many teachers in the district. It seems Klentschy has made it quite clear that he is on the side of the school board in connection with its long and venomous dispute with the district's teachers regarding salary and contract language issues. His recent backing of a plan to cut 25 classified personnel, including classroom aides, in order to fund a reading program has made him even less liked by teachers.