Q&A with executive director of technology Dennis Beekman

Dennis Beekman took over as executive director of technology at Robbinsdale Area Schools (New Hope, Minn.) on July 15. Here, he discusses his goals for the district.

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St. John Parish School Board appoints new superintendent

The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board voted unanimously at a special meeting to appoint Kevin George as the new superintendent. George will be in charge of the more than 6,000-student school district.

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Plymouth (Mass.) schools appoint three new administrators

Plymouth (Mass.) school officials have appointed Kristin Wilson as principal at Hedge Elementary School; Scott Williams as principal at West Elementary School; and Stacey Rogers as the district’s special education director.

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New director of secondary education, student services for East Aurora (Ill.)

Winding down its hiring spree, the East Aurora (Ill.) School Board voted Monday to appoint two new administrators to oversee student services and secondary education.

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Sacramento County (Calif.) Board of Education will appoint new trustee

The Sacramento County Board of Education is looking for a new member. The board will accept applications for its Area 5 trustee position until Aug. 15, and will appoint a new trustee at its Aug. 20 meeting.

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Dr. Kecia Ray assumes presidency of ISTE board of directors

The International Society for Technology in Education today announced its 2013-2014 board officers. At the ISTE 2013 conference and expo in June, Kecia Ray, Ed.D., took the helm of the board as president. Ray is the executive director of learning technologies and library services at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

Mill Valley SD (Calif.) hires new technology director

James Bowlby, former director of technology for the Menlo Park (Calif.) City School District for 14 years, joined the Mill Valley (Calif.) School District on July 8, in the same capacity.

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Some states relying heavily on substitute teachers

From kindergarten to graduation, an average student will have spent more than a year being taught by a substitute teacher. Twenty-eight states require no more than a high school diploma for those temporary teachers, according to national data. Seven require some college education, and 15 states require substitutes to have a college degree.

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New W.Va. principal to run the "school of the future"

The new Edgewood Elementary School (Charleston, W.Va.), which will implement a "blended learning" style, has hired Pam Gould as principal. Gould will oversee a staff unfamiliar with the new curriculum, while at the same time consolidating two low-performing schools: Watts and Robins.

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Lowell (Mass.) board member drafting anti-nepotism measure

School committee member Kim Scott is drafting an anti-nepotism regulation for the school department after learning that a second close relative of Deputy Superintendent Jay Lang has been promoted to a higher-paying job.

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