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Belchertown selects Karol Coffin as superintendent of schools

The Massachusetts district named Karol G. Coffin as its new superintendent. She has been a principal for Attleboro Public Schools since 2007. Coffin is expected to begin work as the Belchertown school chief by January.

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Delaware district's superintendent to retire

Michael Thomas, the superintendent of the Capital School District in Dover, has decided he will retire in June 2015. Thomas has led the district since 2002.

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Virginia district superintendent to retire

Wythe County Schools Superintendent Lee Brannon will reitre at the end of this school year. Brannon became the local school superintendent in 2009.

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Former Buffalo school superintendent lands California job

Pamela C. Brown has gotten a new start and a new job title as chief of elementary schools for the 40,000-student Fontana USD in California. Brown will supervise 29 elementary schools out of 45 the district operates.

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Asbury Park schools select new superintendent

The New Jersey district's board of education members voted to appoint Lamont Repollet, principal of Carteret High School, as its permanent superintendent.

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Illinois signs off on Fred Heid’s superintendent certification

Fred Heid is officially superintendent of the sixth largest school district in the state. Heid was issued a non-provisional superintendent certificate by the Illinois State Board of Education. Although Heid was credentialed to serve in his previous position as a superintendent in Florida, Illinois does not allow for reciprocity.

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Rowland USD names Julie Mitchell as new superintendent

The California district brought in Julie Mitchell, the chief personnel officer for the Tustin USD, to serve as Rowland’s top administrator. The search for a new superintendent began last April, when Superintendent Ruben Frutos decided to step down.

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Salem superintendent to leave at end of school year

In Massachusetts, Salem School Superintendent Steve Russell announced that he won't seek to extend his contract with the district due to the repercussions from philosophical differences between the town's mayor and some school committee members. Russell was first hired in 2011.

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Superintendent Roberta Selleck resigns from Illinois district

Two years into her position, Freeport Schools Superintendent Roberta Selleck has submitted a letter of resignation to the school board.

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Study notes high turnover of school superintendents in New York county

Seventy-five percent of the superintendents of Hudson Valley school districts have been in their current positions for five years or less, according to a study conducted by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress. The study offers recommendations to decrease turnover, including giving consideration to countywide school districts and shared superintendents.

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