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Mississippi district's superintendent to retire after 12 years

Milton Kuykendall, superintendent of DeSoto County Schools for the past 12 years, will retire when his term expires in December 2015. The superintendent in DeSoto County is an elected position.

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Missouri district names new leader, tightens anti-nepotism policy

The next superintendent of Fox schools will be Jim Wipke. Wipke is the executive director of secondary schools for the Rockwood School District. The Fox board also approved a tighter anti-nepotism policy that would bar the hiring of relatives of board members, the superintendent and assistant superintendents.

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Humboldt USD superintendent to leave at end of school year

After five years at the helm of the Arizona district, Superintendent Paul Stanton may be leaving the district at the end of the school year to take the superintendent position in Phoenix's Washington Elementary School District, pending approval by both districts' governing boards.

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Central City school board approves offer to superintendent candidate

Jeffrey Jensen, currently the superintendent of Creighton Community Public Schools, has accepted the Nebraska district's superintendent position. The previous superintendent, Candace Conradt, resigned in June after a year of controversy in the district.

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Paul Casciano to retire as William Floyd schools superintendent

Paul Casciano, who became superintendent of the New York school district eight years ago at one of the most tumultuous times in its 181-year history, will retire at the end of the school year. The longtime educator has more than 40 years in the district as a student, teacher, principal and its top official.

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James Colbert, Jr. named to lead Harris County' schools

The largest county in Texas's board of education has chosen James Colbert, Jr. as its new school superintendent. Since 2011, Colbert has been superintendent of West Orange-Cove Consolidated ISD in Orange, Texas.

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Kevin Huffman out as Tenn.'s education commissioner

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman is stepping down from his position after three years, leaving a legacy that includes historic test gains as well as some of the fiercest clashes this state has ever seen over public schools.

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New superintendent named for Allendale County Schools

Leila W. Williams has been appointed the new superintendent of the South Carolina school district. She has 35 years of experience as an educator, including 19 years of educational leadership at the district level in the Colleton County School District.

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Michigan district's superintendent resigns

Citing health issues and another job opportunity, Charlevoix Public Schools Superintendent Bob Gendron said he will leave his post with the district.

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Two Ala. superintendents leave positions for state posts

Andy Craig, who has been Hoover's school superintendent for eight years, has agreed to become Alabama Department of Education's new deputy superintendent for administrative and financial services. Elmore County Superintendent Jeff Langham will leave his position of nine years to start as the state's assistant superintendent for external and governmental affairs.

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