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Illinois signs off on Fred Heid’s superintendent certification

Fred Heid is officially superintendent of the sixth largest school district in the state. Heid was issued a non-provisional superintendent certificate by the Illinois State Board of Education. Although Heid was credentialed to serve in his previous position as a superintendent in Florida, Illinois does not allow for reciprocity.

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Rowland USD names Julie Mitchell as new superintendent

The California district brought in Julie Mitchell, the chief personnel officer for the Tustin USD, to serve as Rowland’s top administrator. The search for a new superintendent began last April, when Superintendent Ruben Frutos decided to step down.

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Salem superintendent to leave at end of school year

In Massachusetts, Salem School Superintendent Steve Russell announced that he won't seek to extend his contract with the district due to the repercussions from philosophical differences between the town's mayor and some school committee members. Russell was first hired in 2011.

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Superintendent Roberta Selleck resigns from Illinois district

Two years into her position, Freeport Schools Superintendent Roberta Selleck has submitted a letter of resignation to the school board.

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Study notes high turnover of school superintendents in New York county

Seventy-five percent of the superintendents of Hudson Valley school districts have been in their current positions for five years or less, according to a study conducted by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress. The study offers recommendations to decrease turnover, including giving consideration to countywide school districts and shared superintendents.

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Superintendent Patricia Howell to retire from California district

Patricia Howell, Lowell Joint School District’s superintendent for the last eight years, has announced she will retire in early November. The board’s goal is to find her successor by late October before she leaves.

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Angela Pringle assumes Georgia county's superintendent role

Angela Pringle was sworn in as the Richmond County Superintendent of Schools. Pringle, the district’s first female superintendent, will oversee 61 schools and manage a budget of $243 million. She was previously the Region 2 superintendent for DeKalb County.

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North Plainfield Schools names new superintendent

New Jersey's North Plainfield district has chosen West Milford Superintendent James McLaughlin as its new superintendent. McLaughlin will start his new position in January 2015.

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Texas district's superintendent hired two weeks before school starts

Mike Waldrip has been hired by Coppell ISD as the district's new superintendent. Waldrip, a former deputy superintendent of administrative operations for Frisco ISD, replaces longtime leader Jeff Turner, who left to become executive director of the Texas Association of Suburban/Mid-Urban Schools.

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Corliss Kaiser set to retire as New York district's superintendent

Fayetteville-Manlius School Superintendent Corliss Kaiser announced that she will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Kaiser has spent 46 years working in education, including 10 as the district's superintendent.

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