Although district superintendents spend anywhere from 50 to 65 hours a week in their offices and at district events and meetings, they all claimed that they never truly are off the clock.
"When I talk about school and community hours, it's a 24/7 job. It truly is. I'm always the superintendent - I'm always on call," explained Robert Grantier, Loyalsock Township School District superintendent.
"I can't really begin to quantify the hours," said Daphne Bowers, Montgomery Area School District superintendent.
Superintendent contracts offer a variety of duties and responsibilities, including school board meetings, administration of the district, directing daily operations and dealing with disciplinary actions.
When asked to highlight the duties of a superintendent, district heads around the county gave a laundry list of responsibilities.
Superintendents are tasked with creating the vision and goals of the district both short-term and long-term, dealing with staff and student issues and requests, working on finances - including contract negotiations and budgets - and curriculum, along with many others, they said.
"District superintendents are the CEOs of the local public school system. Paramount is creating a vision for the district and then building a strategic plan to achieve that vision," said Dr. Mark Stamm, South Williamsport Area School District superintendent. "Our single purpose is to educate the children of this community ... Every nuance of the job is to accomplish that goal."
Superintendents also must be visible in the community. Dr. Don Adams, Williamsport Area School District superintendent, said the position is the leader and public face of the district.
Grantier also noted that superintendents must be willing to make the tough decision.
"There's going to be at least 50 percent of people who are not going to be happy with your decision," he said.
Day or night, in their office or not, superintendents are ready to deal with any number of situations, such as checking weather for possible delays to student discipline.
"A superintendent is never really off of the clock," said Dr. Timothy Bowers, Montoursville Area School District superintendent. "If something occurs in the district that needs immediate attention, it doesn't matter what time of day or what day of the week it is."
Typically, Michael Pawlik, East Lycoming School District superintendent, said there at about three late nights a week. Some weeks are busier than others, he said.
"There are weeks when I say goodnight to my kids Sunday evening and I don't see them again until Saturday morning," he said.
Dr. Portia Brandt, Muncy School District superintendent, said she normally is in her district office around 5:30 a.m. and most nights attends a night meeting or activity within the district.
Brandt noted that she constantly is checking in on the district, even when she's off the clock.
"Even when I am on vacation, I am linked to the district by email and phone," she said.