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Superintendent of Moline schools takes job in another Illinois district

David Moyer, the superintendent for Moline-Coal Valley District 40 for the past three years, has been named as Elmhurst Community Unit School District's superintendent.

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Wisconsin district principal promoted to top leader position

Chippewa Falls Middle School Principal Heidi Eliopoulos-Taylor has been named the finalist for the Chippewa Falls school district’s superintendent position. She will replace Superintendent Brad Saron, who is leaving to become the head of the Sun Prairie School District.

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Kathy Murphy steps into new role as Hoover superintendent

She comes to the Alabama school district from Monroe County Schools, where she served as superintendent since 2011. Kathy Murphy is replacing Andy Craig, who left Hoover City Schools last November to take a position with the State Board of Education.

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Stephen Zrike named to head up Holyoke's challenged school system

Current Wakefield Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Zrike Jr. will assume control of Holyoke Public Schools as a receiver. He will hold the power of superintendent and school committee in the Massachusetts district that has long faced academic challenges.

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Embattled Chicago school CEO resigns

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has resigned in the wake of the federal probe of a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district handed her former employer.

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Red Oak School Board hires Tom Messinger as superintendent

The board of education in the Iowa district selected Tom Messinger for the position of superintendent of schools. He is currently serving as a high school principal in Burlington, Iowa — a position he has served in for the past 11 years.

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Massachusetts school district's school board picks new superintendent

The Chelmsford schools may soon have a new superintendent of schools with the appointment of Roger J. Lang, deputy assistant superintendent of finance and operations for the Lowell Public Schools.

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N.Y. taps former Fla. schools superintendent as education commissioner

MaryEllen Elia, the former schools superintendent for Hillsborough County, has been tapped as New York State’s new education commissioner. She will replace John B. King Jr., who resigned as commissioner in 2014 for a job at the U.S. Department of Education.

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Lowell principal tapped as next superintendent of Lakewood Public Schools

Michigan's Lakewood Board of Education voted to hire Alto Elementary School Principal Randy Fleenor as the district's new superintendent. Current Superintendent Michael O'Mara is retiring.

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Mecklenburg County schools head named top leader in Virginia district

The Isle of Wight School Board voted to hire James Thornton, currently the head of a rural Virginia school district, as the new Isle of Wight County Schools superintendent. He will replace current Superintendent Katrise Perera.

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