Pittsfield, Mass. Schools Superintendent Gets Long-Term Deal

The city's School Committee has awarded an unprecedented five-year contract to incoming school superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless. By a 6-1 vote, with Daniel C. Elias opposed, the school board on Wednesday agreed to the long-term deal -- with a starting annual salary of $157,000 -- because it felt McCandless has shown he will be committed to the local school system. Traditionally, the city school board has hired superintendents three years at a time.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Names First Chief Content Officer

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt appointed Mary Cullinane chief content officer and executive vice president of corporate affairs. Charged with spearheading the company’s content development strategy for the K12 education market and consumer audiences, Mary will expand her current role to drive HMH’s content production and innovation efforts, developing the next generation of digital solutions.

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Seniors Have Greater Interest in STEM Careers Now

Madison, Conn. School Board Appoints Assistant Superintendent

The Madison school board appointed an Avon principal Tuesday to become the district's next assistant superintendent, Madison Patch reports. Pine Grove School Principal Gail Dahling-Hench is leaving the Avon post she's served for six years to replace current Madison Assistant Superintendent Anita Rutlin, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

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High School Vocational Education On the Upswing, Instead of Traditional Colleges

With student debt growing and a mismatch between unemployed Americans' skills and the required expertise for available jobs, vocational education could be gaining steam, and high schools are rethinking whether they should usher students toward something other than traditional colleges.

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Rocco Appointed Principal of Michigan Technology Magnet School

Frank Rocco, who has been serving this year as interim principal of Kalamazoo's Woodward School for Technology and Research, has been named the school's permanent principal. Woodward is a K5 magnet school.

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Top Government Spy Agency Seeks High School Computer Hackers

Carnegie Mellon University and one of the government’s top spy agencies want to interest high school students in a game of computer hacking. Their goal with “Toaster Wars” is to cultivate the nation’s next generation of cyber warriors in offensive and defensive strategies. The free, online “high school hacking competition,” open to grades 6-12, is scheduled to run from April 26 to May 6.

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Mich. School CEO Pay Varies

As CEO of Michigan’s second-largest school district, Utica Community Schools Superintendent Christine Johns oversees the education of almost 29,000 students, supervises a workforce of nearly 3,950 employees and is responsible for a $267 million annual budget.

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California District Looking for New Superintendent -- Again

After two misses -- the first when the school board rejected the finalists, and the second, when the top contender withdrew after blistering public criticism over his perceived homophobia and top-down management style -- the community is looking for a superintendent that's a good fit for the diverse and demanding Berkeley, Calif. community. School trustees have picked Cedar Rapids, Iowa firm Ray & Associates to recruit and scrutinize candidates.

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Anchorage Superintendent Interviews for Iowa Job

Anchorage school Superintendent Jim Browder is due to meet the public and interview for the superintendent's job in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday. School Board members in Anchorage said they learned on Friday that Browder had applied for the Iowa position and is one of three finalists. The deadline for candidates to apply for the Iowa job was Feb. 11.

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