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Florida district picks top leader

Robert Avossa, the superintendent for Georgia's Fulton County Schools, has been named as the Palm Beach County school district's new superintendent. He will replace Superintendent Wayne Gent, who is leaving in July to head St. Lucie County's public schools.

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Tony Smith named as Illinois state superintendent

Former Oakland, Calif., school superintendent Anthony Smith has been selected as Illinois's new superintendent of education. He replaces current Superintendent Christopher Koch, who is one of the longest serving state superintendents in the nation.

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Lewiston-Porter school system promotes Paul J. Casseri

Paul J. Casseri, the current principal of the New York district’s high school, has been chosen to succeed R. Christopher Roser as superintendent. Casseri has served in his current position for a decade.

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New Jersey district names Kristin O'Neil as top leader

Swedesboro-Woolwich's school board has appointed Kristin O'Neil as its new superintendent. O'Neil, the current principal of West Deptford's Green-Fields Elementary School, will take over the superintendent's position at the end of the current school year.

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Midland principal picked for as Michigan district's superintendent

Janet Greif will replace Bay City Public Schools' retiring Superintendent Douglas Newcombe. Greif is now in her fifth year as principal at Midland High School.

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Redwood City schools select new superintendent

The California school district board has tapped John Baker to replace retiring Superintendent Jan Christensen. Baker joined the district more than 30 years ago and is currently deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

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Mark Linton named as New York district's school superintendent

The East Rochester Union Free School District has named Mark Linton as its next superintendent. Linton, currently the principal at Geneseo Elementary School, will replace Dick Stutzman, who is currently serving as interim superintendent.

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Rob Saxton leaves Oregon Department of Education

After three years as the state's deputy superintendent of public instruction, Rob Saxton will take on a new role as superintendent of the Northwest Regional Education Service District.

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Kentucky district picks internal candidate for superintendent position

Mayfield Independent Schools named Assistant Superintendent Joe Henderson as its next superintendent, succeeding Lonnie Burgett, who has held the position for 21 years. Henderson, who served as assistant superintendent and director of instructional programs since 2008, first came to the district in 2001.

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Hudson School District has new superintendent

Nick Ouellette, currently the superintendent of the Odebolt-Arthur and Battle Creek Schools in Iowa, has been chosen to take over the Wisconsin district's top leadership position. He is replacing Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, who is retiring after 10 years in the position.

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