People Watch

Seth Miller promoted to be Illinois school district's next leader

Seth Miller, Westville's director of operations since 2007, was offered a three-year contract by the school board. It takes effect when Superintendent Jim Owens retires at the end of this school year.

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El Monte Superintendent Nick Salerno abruptly resigns

In a closed school board session focused on Superintendent Nick Salerno's performance review, the California district's board offered to buy out his contract and he accepted. Salerno has sat in the superintendent’s seat for five years.

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LAUSD superintendent resigns

Facing criticism over the rollout of an ambitious plan to put a personal computing device in the hands of every student, Superintendent John Deasy stepped down from his post with LAUSD. Deasy is credited with improving test scores and increasing graduation rates for the district. Ramon Cortines, a former Los Angeles superintendent, will serve as interim superintendent.

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Sylvania Schools superintendent to retire at end of school year

Brad Rieger, superintendent of Ohio's Sylvania Schools, announced that he will retire on July 31, 2015. He originally replaced superintendent Les Schultz in 2003. His career in education spans 30 years. Assistant Superintendent Scott Nelson is expected to ascend to the superintendent role.

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Darienne Driver appointed as new Milwaukee superintendent

Officially starting as superintendent on October 1, Darienne Driver is the first woman and one of the youngest individuals to be named superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. She has been working as interim superintendent since June when Gregory Thornton resigned to take the position of CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools.

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S.C. district to offer superintendent position to Randy Bridges

Florence School District One will offer Randy Bridges a contract for employment as superintendent of Florence One, effective January 1, 2015. Bridges' experience has included a superintendent position in Stafford, Va., and in Burlington, N.C.

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Plano schools superintendent Richard Matkin to retire

Richard Matkin begins to close out four decades in public education with his last three years spent leading the Plano district's 53,000 students as superintendent. Matkin will retire effective January 30, 2015.

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Alabama city's school superintendent resigning in December

Craig Witherspoon will resign his position as Birmingham City Schools' superintendent, effective December 31, 2014. Witherspoon has worked as Birmingham superintendent for four and a half years.

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New Union City superintendent will be first woman, first Hispanic person on the job

The New Jersey city's board of education has named Silvia Abbato as the district's new superintendent. She stepped in as acting superintendent after the school's chief, Stanley Sanger, retired in June. Abbato formerly served as assistant superintendent of schools for curriculum and instruction for 11 years.

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Vicki Engbrecht named next superintendent for Calif. district

Vicki Engbrecht will officially take over as superintendent in February 2015. The 38-year William S. Hart Union High School District employee will take over following the retirement of current Superintendent Rob Challinor.

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