This qualitative multiple case study is a follow-up to a study completed in 2007 that examined characteristics of rural school districts experiencing a high rate of superintendent turnover. The original study design incorporated extensive interviews with participants across four rural school districts; triangulating interview results with information found in school board minutes and published media articles. The four case districts had employed a total of 19 superintendents in the ten-year period leading up to the original study. However, since then, three of the districts have experienced a drastic change in their turnover trend. This study revisits the four rural districts to determine, from the perspectives of current and former superintendents, internal and external characteristics of the districts and the superintendents themselves that contributed to superintendent stability. Similarities and differences across the four districts are highlighted, and implications for high turnover districts and their superintendents are discussed.

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