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New assistant superintendent chosen for Illinois district

Community Consolidated School District 181 has imported another superintendent from the Troy Community Consolidated School District. Former Troy Director of Operations Ken Surma has accepted a position at District 181 as its assistant superintendent of information services and operations. He will rejoin District 181's Superintendent Don White, who was the Troy superintendent until resigning in May.

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Virginia district superintendent leaving for statewide position

Billy Haun is leaving his position as assistant superintendent for student learning at Albemarle County Public Schools for a post as the state’s chief academic officer. He will manage the state education department’s instruction division for pre-K through 12 and programs that emphasize college and career readiness.

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Chad Allaman will start new job as Illinois county's superintendent

Chad Allaman, currently the District 51 superintendent, will begin as District 50's superintendent about a month later than planned. August 1 is the final day in District 50 for departing Superintendent Patrick Martin.

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Ann Jackson named as new superintendent

Alabama's Jasper City Schools System has a new superintendent. Ann Jackson, currently the principal at Memorial Park Elementary School, will be the district’s new leader.

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Virginia district chooses Kevin Newman

King George Middle School Principal Kevin Newman will become superintendent of Colonial Beach Public Schools. The top school position has been vacant since Superintendent Kathleen Beane resigned last month to take a post with Caroline County schools.

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Michelle Richardson to head up California district

The Luther Burbank School District has named Michelle Richardson as its next superintendent. Richardson has been assistant superintendent for business and operations at Travis Unified School District in Fairfield.

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Minnesota district picks Klint Willert

Klint Willert has come on board as Brainerd School District's superintendent. He comes from Marshall Public Schools, where he served in the same post. Willert replaces Superintendent Steve Razidlo, who accepted a position as superintendent at The American International School in Vienna, Austria.

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Cosimo Tangorra Jr. to take on N.Y. state deputy commissioner position

The Central Valley School Board will be looking for a new school superintendent one year after the district merged. Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. has resigned to accept the position of state deputy commissioner for the Office of Pre-K-12 education.

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Philip Hickman chosen as Mississippi district superintendent

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees selected Philip Hickman as its superintendent of schools. He comes to Columbus from Houston, Texas, where he served as an assistant superintendent in the country's seventh-largest school district.

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Philadelphia school district trimming hundreds of jobs through layoffs

More than 300 pink slips are going out in the Philadelphia School District. The layoffs are reportedly not related to the cigarette tax standoff in the capital but rather are the result of principals preparing budgets at their respective schools.

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