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Three Rivers makes pick for its next superintendent

The Ohio school district is expected to approve the hiring of Craig Hockenberry as its next school leader. Hockenberry has served as the superintendent of Manchester Local Schools. He’ll replace Three Rivers Superintendent Rhonda Bohannon, who is retiring at the end of January.

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Superintendent Ernie Fowler takes new Illinois job

After seven years with the district, Sangamon Valley Superintendent Ernie Fowler will be leaving at the end of June to take a new position in Nashville. Nashville is a high school district, with seven elementary schools, public and private, that serve as feeder schools from independent districts surrounding Nashville in Illinois.

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New superintendent chosen for Ohio school district

Thomas Bratten has accepted the job as the new Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools superintendent. He served as superintendent of Salem City Schools from 2009 to 2014.

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Barnstable superintendent offered Lexington job

The Massachusetts school district offered Mary Czajkowski the superintendent of schools position in Lexington. She has been the Barnstable superintendent of schools since August of 2011.

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Texas district names Lowell Strike as top administrator

Lowell Strike, Little Elm ISD's lone finalist for the position, was officially named as superintendent. Strike, who will begin with the district in January, previously held the position of associate superintendent of the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.

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New Hartford has a new superintendent of schools

Interim Superintendent Paul Smotas announced that the Connecticut elementary school district's school board appointed Brian P. Murphy to the job, effective January 20. Murphy is currently the principal of Great Oak Middle School in Oxford, where he has been since 2006.

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Lone finalist for superintendent position announced for Texas district

The Bullard ISD Board of Trustees named Todd Schneider as the lone finalist for its superintendent of schools position. In addition to teaching and coaching, he served as assistant principal for Crandall ISD and as principal and superintendent at Martin's Mill.

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Candice McQueen named new Tenn. education commissioner

Lipscomb University Senior Vice President Candice McQueen is Gov. Bill Haslam's pick to fill Tennessee's high-profile education commissioner position. McQueen will replace Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, who announced last month plans to leave his post in January to return to the private sector.

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Lombard School District 44 hires new superintendent

The Illinois school district's new superintendent, Michael Robey, is replacing two interim superintendents who have been sharing the job since July. Robey currently serves as superintendent in Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89.

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Michigan district superintendent leaving at end of school year

Kent ISD Superintendent Kevin A. Konarska announced plans to retire at the end of the current school year. He will begin his ninth year with the district in January.

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