The goal of this text is to analyze the role, which the school principal can play in the educational management. This role is analyzed, both in the context of established legislations and the challenges connected with educational facilities managing. The principal is a person who is subject to a double supervision system in Poland - on one hand, a pedagogical supervision conducted by school inspectors, on the other, the organizational-financial supervision conducted by an appropriate school financing body. This situation generates many consequences for the way in which the role and competence of a school principal are perceived. You can formulate a thesis that the principal often has to choose who he/she wants to be more of: an administrator or a leader of the broadly understood school community. To illustrate the consequences of this dilemma, the basic concepts of the principal's role in the school and the expectations towards principals expressed by teachers have been presented.
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