Mass. School Committee Sees Need for New District Technology Director

Westford, Mass. schools will more than likely have to face another year of difficult decisions during this spring’s discussions on the next fiscal year’s budget, including the question of whether to hire a districtwide technology coordinator.

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Hillsborough, N.J. School Official Won't Get Paid for Last Year ... Yet

Three board of ed members voted to pay Andrew Rinko, and two voted against doing so at a board meeting Monday. "You need the majority of the full board, not just the ones in attendance," said Kia Bergman, the district’s community outreach coordinator. Four members of the nine-member board were absent Monday night.

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Tom Sirard Appointed to Vacant Enfield (Conn.) Board of Education Seat

Tom Sirard, an Enfield (Conn.) Board of Education member from 2009 to 2011, was re-appointed to that board at Monday night's Town Council meeting. A Republican vacancy exists on the board due to the recent resignation of past vice chairman Chuck Johnson. The town charter calls for a replacement to be designated by the council.

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Menifee (Calif.) Union S.D. Opts to Appoint Replacement Trustee

Superintendent Linda Callaway said a replacement for Scott Mann – who resigned earlier this month before he was sworn in as Menifee's first elected mayor – could be named as soon as Jan. 7, when the board will interview applicants. Trustees are paid $265 per month, with health benefits available.

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Mich. School Leaders Rochester Superintendent Candidates

Administrative leaders from four Michigan school districts have been chosen as semi-finalists for the superintendent position in Rochester. The candidates' backgrounds are diverse: one is a former high school choir director. Another, a police detective. A former longtime technology director for Rochester Schools is also in the mix.

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Huron Valley Board Chooses Baker for Superintendent

The search for a new superintendent for Huron Valley Schools Selects apparently is over. The school board unanimously approved starting contract negotiations with Jim Baker on Tuesday, following interviews with several superintendent candidates, including Baker. Baker is currently working in the position on an interim basis until the position is filled permanently. Baker previously worked as the district’s director of human resources.

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Indiana's Ousted Bennett Takes Florida Education Post

Just five weeks after voters ousted him from office, Tony Bennett already has a new gig. The trailblazing but controversial Indiana schools chief, a key force in implementing Gov. Mitch Daniels' broad education reform agenda, was named Florida's education commissioner Wednesday. A hero in the education reform movement and a villain to teachers unions, Mr. Bennett was hailed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott for his "great track record of achievement in Indiana."

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Tutoring, College Prep Offered to Conn. Student-athletes

Student-athletes in all grades are hoping to soon get a boost from Greenwich Education Group, which will set up shop at Sono Field House in South Norwalk to help the students improve academics and prepare for college. The Greenwich-based firm, which currently provides students and parents throughout the state with a myriad of academic services — including academic tutoring, test prep and college counseling — will soon take over the 52,000 square foot indoor sports and special events facility and offer a fee-based educational services to student-athletes.

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Fiscal Cliff: Ky. Education, Schools Could Take Major Hit

Spending reductions caused by the fiscal cliff would be devastating for Kentucky’s public schools, officials say. According to the Kentucky Department of Education, federal funding for public schools would be reduced up to $61 mil­lion per year for the next 10 years, affecting more than 1,350 jobs and nearly 130,000 students. Higher education officials in Kentucky and Indiana also are warily eying the fiscal cliff talks.

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