People Watch

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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Azar as Mass. regional district's new superintendent

The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District has finalized its contract with newly appointed Superintendent Anthony Azar. He is set to begin on June 2 as the acting superintendent and start his official contract on July 1.

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Welch picked for Dedham, Mass., superintendent post

Framingham High School Principal Michael Welch has been picked by Massachusetts' Dedham School Committee as the town’s new superintendent. Starting July 1, he will succeed retiring Superintendent June Doe.

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New superintendent for Oklahoma district

Darrell Floyd has been named as the next superintendent of Enid Public Schools as of June 1. Floyd has spent the last 14 years as superintendent of Stephenville ISD in Texas. He succeeds Shawn Hime, whose duties as executive director for Oklahoma State School Boards Association begin April 1.

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Michigan district names Catherine Cost as superintendent

Wrapping up a three-month search, the Wyandotte board chose Catherine Cost as the district's new superintendent. She has been serving as assistant superintendent of instruction at Farmington Public Schools since 2006.

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Duane Coleman as new head of Oceanside, Calif. schools

The Oceanside Unified School District has selected Duane Coleman, the associate superintendent of educational services, to succeed retiring Superintendent Larry Perondi as of July 1.

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