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Superintendent Patricia Howell to retire from California district

Patricia Howell, Lowell Joint School District’s superintendent for the last eight years, has announced she will retire in early November. The board’s goal is to find her successor by late October before she leaves.

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Angela Pringle assumes Georgia county's superintendent role

Angela Pringle was sworn in as the Richmond County Superintendent of Schools. Pringle, the district’s first female superintendent, will oversee 61 schools and manage a budget of $243 million. She was previously the Region 2 superintendent for DeKalb County.

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North Plainfield Schools names new superintendent

New Jersey's North Plainfield district has chosen West Milford Superintendent James McLaughlin as its new superintendent. McLaughlin will start his new position in January 2015.

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Texas district's superintendent hired two weeks before school starts

Mike Waldrip has been hired by Coppell ISD as the district's new superintendent. Waldrip, a former deputy superintendent of administrative operations for Frisco ISD, replaces longtime leader Jeff Turner, who left to become executive director of the Texas Association of Suburban/Mid-Urban Schools.

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Corliss Kaiser set to retire as New York district's superintendent

Fayetteville-Manlius School Superintendent Corliss Kaiser announced that she will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Kaiser has spent 46 years working in education, including 10 as the district's superintendent.

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Victor Shandor chosen as Virginia district's superintendent

Victor Shandor, with more than 20 years of experience in public education, will take over as the new superintendent of York County School Division on November 1. The division has been without a permanent superintendent since July 1 when Eric Williams stepped down to take the top spot at Loudon County Public Schools.

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Indiana district picks Sam Watkins for top position

Sam Watkins, who served as the principal at Peru Junior High School for 13 years, became the new superintendent of Peru Community Schools. He replaces former superintendent Chuck Brimbury, who announced in June he wanted to resign.

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Ohio superintendent to retire at the end of the school year

Lakewood Schools Superintendent Jay Gault will retire June 30, 2015 after serving in the position for 10 years. The board approved a resolution for the Licking County Educational Service Center to conduct a search for a new superintendent.

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Matt Stevenson promoted to superintendent in Michigan

The East Jordan Public Schools Board of Education named Matt Stevenson, the district's former middle school principal, as its new superintendent. The announcement comes after former superintendent, Jon Hoover, retired this summer.

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Despite concerns, school board confirms Utah interim superintendent

The state school board voted to officially appoint Joel Coleman as interim state superintendent despite objections about his wife’s pending lawsuit against education officials and his lack of public school teaching experience. Coleman is currently superintendent of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

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