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Madison schools chief admits error in elementary school shake-up

Madison School District superintendent Jennifer Cheatham concedes that administrators made mistakes in acting to remove a respected African-American teacher from a leadership position at a struggling southwest side elementary school.

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Maine superintendent changes districts after less than a year

Keith Laser, who has been superintendent of Calais' schools for less than a year, is headed to Lincoln to lead Regional School Unit 67 for the next three years. Laser is currently under a two-year contract with Calais as well.

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Illinois district names Tom Leonard to top district position

Tom Leonard, the superintendent of a suburban Chicago district, has been named the lone finalist to lead the Eanes district beginning the next school year. Current Eanes Superintendent Nola Wellman plans to retire in August.

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Board promotes superintendent from within for Ohio district

Lisbon's board stayed in-house to choose a new superintendent, naming Principal Joe Siefke to the position under a new 3-year contract. He succeeds longtime Superintendent Don Thompson, who is retiring June 30.

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Maura Zinni named as superintendent for Illinois suburb

The Frankfort School District 157-C Board of Education inked a 3-year contract with Dr. Maura J. Zinni to serve as the new superintendent effective as of July 1.

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Who wants to be West Virginia's superintendent of schools?

Top education officials are dispelling rumors that they’re interested in becoming West Virginia’s next superintendent of schools. Superintendent Jim Phares announced his plans to retire this summer—an expected move, since he committed to serve in the position only temporarily after the firing of then-Superintendent Jorea Marple in late 2012.

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New superintendent for North Carolina district

Kelly Pew of the Pickens County School District will become the new superintendent of Rock Hill schools. She replaces Lynn Moody, who resigned last year to become superintendent of the Rowan-Salisbury School System in North Carolina.

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Buffalo, N.Y., votes to terminate two top administrators

The Buffalo School Board voted to terminate Faith Morrison Alexander, a chief of school leadership, and Yamilette Williams, chief of curriculum, assessment and instruction, because they lacked the New York district leader certification needed to do their jobs. Despite earlier intentions to try to retain them as interns, there were too many job responsibilities they could not fulfill in that role.

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Eric Williams as new superintendent for Virginia's fourth largest district

Eric Williams, currently superintendent for Virginia’s York County schools, will become the new superintendent overseeing Loudoun County Public Schools' more than 65,000 students as of this summer. He will succeed Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick III, who has served as superintendent for 23 years.

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Northampton, Mass., names John Provost as new superintendent

Northampton's school committee named John Provost, currently the superintendent of the North Brookfield Public Schools, as the city's new superintendent. He will replace Brian Salzer, who left the post for a job in Germany after only two years.

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