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Pennsylvania board chooses Monica McHale-Small for superintendent

The Saucon Valley School Board has hired a district superintendent under a new three-year contract. Monica McHale-Small will be leaving her position as assistant superintendent of the Bensalem Township School District in lower Bucks County and start work in Saucon Valley on August 11.

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Bert L'Homme picked as Durham Public Schools' next leader

Bert L'Homme has been chosen as the North Carolina district's next superintendent. He currently serves as superintendent of Catholic Schools at the Archdiocese of Washington. He will replace Eric Becoats, who resigned from the Durham superintendent position last December.

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Marco Pochintesta named as New York district's superintendent

A new superintendent of schools will take the reins of the Pearl River school district next year, replacing John Morgano, who is retiring. The school board hired Wappingers CSD Superintendent Marco Pochintesta.

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Rodney Watson hired to lead Texas' Spring ISD

Rodney E. Watson has been named the lone finalist for the superintendent position for the Spring ISD. He will oversee operations and staff at 53 campuses. Watson currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Houston ISD, which has over 210,000 students and 30,000 employees.

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Eric Bond promoted to superintendent for Virginia system

The Augusta County School Board named a replacement for departing Superintendent Chuck Bishop. Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Eric Bond will take over the position as of July 1. Bishop announced his resignation to accept the superintendent’s position in Clarke County.

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California school board appoints new superintendent

Longtime San Francisco school district administrator Janet Schulze will be the new superintendent of the Pittsburg Unified School District. She will leave her position as assistant superintendent of high schools in San Francisco later this month to replace Linda Rondeau, Pittsburg Unified's retiring superintendent, on July 1.

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Bristol board names Rex Gearheart as superintendent

Rex Gearheart has been picked to become the Bristol school system’s new superintendent in Virginia. Formerly the system’s assistant superintendent, Gearheart replaces Mark Y. Lineburg, who has been selected as the new superintendent of the Winchester Public School District.

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Owen Roberts named to Florida county superintendent position

Alachua County Public Schools has chosen Owen Roberts as its new superintendent. Roberts most recently served for seven years as St. Lucie County Schools' associate superintendent of curriculum and accountability before retiring in 2012.

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In Washington, Walla Walla superintendent resigns

The superintendent of the Walla Walla School District has announced his resignation to accept an assistant superintendent position with Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101 in Spokane. Miller was the superintendent of the Deer Park School District in Deer Park, Wash., for six years prior to coming to Walla Walla.

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Pallascene Cole named as superintendent for Mississippi district

West Bolivar CSD has hired Pallascene Cole, who currently serves as West Tallahatchie School District's leader, as its new superintendent. The hiring of new superintendents for North and West Bolivar CSDs is a result of the Mississippi Legislature's decision to reduce the number of school districts in Bolivar County.

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