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David J. Brand picked by New Philadelphia School District

The Ohio district chose David J. Brand to serve as its superintendent. Brand, who serves as superintendent of South Central Local Schools in Greenwich in Huron County, was selected by the board of education from seven finalists for the position.

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Arizona district hires from within for top position

Higley USD named Mike Thomason, currently the district's assistant superintendent of operations, as its next superintendent. Current Superintendent Denise Birdwell will retire at the end of the school year.

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New Jersey principal takes superintendent position

Atlantic City High School principal John DeStefano will become the new superintendent of the Buena Regional School District. He replaces Walt Whitaker, who left in December.

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Richland 1 board votes to hire Craig Witherspoon as superintendent

The South Carolina district's trustees voted to hire Craig Witherspoon, even as controversy swirled about him and another of the three top finalists and some parents sought to delay the vote. Witherspoon most recently served as superintendent of Alabama's Birmingham City Schools.

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New Jersey district chooses Christopher W. Heilig as top leader

Christopher W. Heilig will become the new superintendent of schools for the Rancocas Valley Regional High School District. He is leaving the Lenape Regional High School District as director of programs and planning to take the new post.

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Mike Thomason hired by Higley USD

The Arizona district has tapped Mike Thomason to be its next superintendent. Thomason, who succeeds the retiring Denise Birdwell, is currently the assistant superintendent of operations for the Higley district.

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New superintendent named for Maine district

Schools in Freeport, Pownal and Durham will have a new superintendent in September. Regional School Unit 5 voted to hire Edward McDonough, who is currently the superintendent in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Bibb County school district appoints new superintendent

Curtis L. Jones has been named as Georgia district's new school superintendent. Jones comes to Bibb County by way of Griffin-Spalding County, where he has served as superintendent since 2009.

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Former Oak Grove principal hired as Central Cass superintendent

Morgan Forness, a longtime private-school educator, was named the superintendent of North Dakota's Central Cass Schools. Forness is the superintendent and principal of Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck.

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Barbara Walkley named as superintendent for New York district

Beacon City School District is hiring interim Superintendent Barbara Walkley as the permanent chief. Walkley suspended her retirement to take on the temporary role in August 2014, following the abrupt departure of former Superintendent Paul Dorward.

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