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Primary election offers a turning point for the Seattle School Board

Seattle School Board candidates Suzanne Dale Estey, Sue Peters, and Stephan Blanford received the most votes in their respective districts in the recent primary election. The general election will be held in the fall.

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Ridder will step down as Springfield, Mo. superintendent next June

Norm Ridder, superintendent of Springfield (Mo.) Public Schools, announced that he and his wife want to move west to be closer to family. He will step down June 30, after nine years as head of the district.

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Muskegon Superintendent Jon Felske decides to stay, declining Lakeshore school job

Courted heavily by the Lakeshore Public Schools in Stevensonville, south of St. Joseph, and offered its superintendent position, Muskegon Public Schools Superintendent Jon Felske has decided to stay in Muskegon.

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Portsmouth (R.I.) school superintendent resigns

Portsmouth School Superintendent Lynn Krizic has resigned, according to a statement released by the school district Thursday.

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New Ann Arbor superintendent 'thrilled' to accept job offer from school board

Jeanice Kerr Swift has accepted the Ann Arbor school board's offer to become the next superintendent of the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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Greenfield (Wis.) Schools hire Judge Kapocius as HR director

The Greenfield (Wis.) School District hired Mark S. Kapocius, a municipal judge from Greendale, a suburb of Milwaukee, as director of human resources, finishing off a round of three administrative hires in the district.

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Darien, Conn. district hires Illinois lawyer to probe special ed

The Darien school district appears to be one step closer toward healing wounds with parents, now that it has hired an attorney from Illinois to investigate all aspects of special education in the district.

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Nazareth (Pa.) Area School District to hire full-time police officer

The Nazareth (Pa.) Area School District has put out an advertisement for a full-time police officer to begin patrolling schools. During the month of August, the officer will concentrate on improving security measures throughout the district.

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Patti Fields to serve on Iowa education commission

Patti Fields, a member of the Iowa City School Board, is among 20 Iowans tapped by the Legislature to serve on a state commission to aid in the implementation of new education-reform law.

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Brian Osborne turns down Ann Arbor schools' superintendent job

In declining the job, Osborne cited "a developing family issue," concerns about moving his family from the East Coast and a desire to finish what he had started at his district in New Jersey, school board president says.

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