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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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Alamance-Burlington School System names new superintendent

The North Carolina district has named its interim superintendent to the full-time position. Bill Harrison was previously the chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education from 2009 to 2013.

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Ohio district's superintendent heading to West Geauga schools

Superintendent Richard Markwardt will take over West Geauga schools after he resigns from Beachwood at the conclusion of his contract at the end of the school year. Robert Hardis, who has served as Beachwood's assistant superintendent since 2012, will replace Markwardt as Beachwood's top leader.

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Gillian Chapman to move to Wyoming for superintendent position

Selected from a pool of 34 applicants, Gillian Chapman was hired to replace Pam Shea as superintendent of Teton County School District No. 1. She is currently Shawnee Mission USD's associate superintendent for secondary administrative services in Kansas.

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Amarillo ISD's long-serving superintendent set to retire

The Texas district's Superintendent Rod Schroder, who has worked for Amarillo ISD for more than 42 years, plans to retire in August. Schroder has served as president of the Texas School Alliance, on Texas Association of School Administrators committees and on the Board of Directors for the Texas Business and Education Coalition.

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