The best school superintendents spend their waking hours communicating and driving district personnel to increase student achievement. They want high attendance, not low attendance. They want more school days, not fewer. They want to have school. The hardest decisions a school superintendent has to make are those that go beyond his control, such as deciding whether to call off school when bad weather threatens.
Day, Richard E., "Cancellations Tough to Call, Even fo r the Best School Chiefs - Silberman Retains Credibility by not Trying to Snow Anyone" (2007). Curriculum and Instruction Faculty and Staff Scholarship. Paper 38.