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Interim superintendent to take over helm of Alaska district

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's interim superintendent Sean Dusek will assume the superintendent of schools position in July. The 22-year district veteran most recently worked as the Alaska district's assistant superintendent of instruction since 2009.

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Hillsborough School Board approves Jeff Eakins as new superintendent

Jeff Eakins, a longtime Hillsborough County School District employee and the current deputy superintendent, was selected as the next superintendent of the nation's eighth-largest school district. He will taking over the position from Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, who was recently let go by the Florida district's school board.

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David J. Brand picked by New Philadelphia School District

The Ohio district chose David J. Brand to serve as its superintendent. Brand, who serves as superintendent of South Central Local Schools in Greenwich in Huron County, was selected by the board of education from seven finalists for the position.

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Arizona district hires from within for top position

Higley USD named Mike Thomason, currently the district's assistant superintendent of operations, as its next superintendent. Current Superintendent Denise Birdwell will retire at the end of the school year.

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New Jersey principal takes superintendent position

Atlantic City High School principal John DeStefano will become the new superintendent of the Buena Regional School District. He replaces Walt Whitaker, who left in December.

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Richland 1 board votes to hire Craig Witherspoon as superintendent

The South Carolina district's trustees voted to hire Craig Witherspoon, even as controversy swirled about him and another of the three top finalists and some parents sought to delay the vote. Witherspoon most recently served as superintendent of Alabama's Birmingham City Schools.

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New Jersey district chooses Christopher W. Heilig as top leader

Christopher W. Heilig will become the new superintendent of schools for the Rancocas Valley Regional High School District. He is leaving the Lenape Regional High School District as director of programs and planning to take the new post.

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Mike Thomason hired by Higley USD

The Arizona district has tapped Mike Thomason to be its next superintendent. Thomason, who succeeds the retiring Denise Birdwell, is currently the assistant superintendent of operations for the Higley district.

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New superintendent named for Maine district

Schools in Freeport, Pownal and Durham will have a new superintendent in September. Regional School Unit 5 voted to hire Edward McDonough, who is currently the superintendent in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Bibb County school district appoints new superintendent

Curtis L. Jones has been named as Georgia district's new school superintendent. Jones comes to Bibb County by way of Griffin-Spalding County, where he has served as superintendent since 2009.

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