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Hartford (Conn.) board rejects contract extension for Kishimoto

The Hartford, Conn. school board rejected Superintendent Christina Kishimoto's request for a two-year contract extension that would have kept her in charge of the district's education reform efforts through mid-2016.

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Tucson names Texas educator as new superintendent

The Tucson Unified School District's governing board voted 4-1 to appoint Heliodoro Torres Sanchez to lead Tucson schools after John Pedicone announced his resignation in March.

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Indiana schools board picks eight semi-finalists for superintendent position

The Indianapolis Public School Board has picked eight semi-finalists to interview to become its next superintendent. Board president Diane Arnold hopes to narrow the list to three or four finalists by Monday.

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Virginia Beach educator named as new Wake (N.C.) schools superintendent

Jim Merrill, superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools, has been named superintendent for the Wake County (N.C.) school system. Merrill, who worked at Wake schools as an English teacher for 16 years early in his career, lauded the district as a leader in the state and nation.

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Tony Sergent named new superintendent for Letcher County (Ky.) schools

Sergent says his previous experience as both a principal and a teacher prepared him for the new position.

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Cheltenham School District (Ala.) names Natalie Thomas as new superintendent

There are many changes coming to Cheltenham School District — new Cheltenham and Wyncote elementary schools, a new school bus transportation system and now a new superintendent.

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Quinton superintendent Dr. Donna Agnew to retire after 38-year career in education

After nearly three decades of providing leadership in education for the township, the longtime superintendent of the Quinton Township School District announced that she will be retiring effective this summer.

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Yarmouth (Maine) schools name second interim superintendent in a year

William Michaud, 61, of Portland, was unanimously approved for the 11-month position Thursday during the committee’s regular meeting.

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Green (Ohio) school board offers superintendent’s job to middle school principal

The Lake Township resident, who taught five years in Green before becoming the middle school assistant principal and then principal since 2008, was offered a contract Friday night.

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West metro integration school district superintendent reinstated

The West Metro (Minn.) Education Program board voted recently without explanation to reinstate Daniel Jett after meeting in a closed session. Allegations against Jett were raised by Kevin Bennett, principal of the small district’s two schools. Now they’ll be forced to work together.

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