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Antwan Wilson to be new Oakland, Calif., superintendent

The Oakland USD has nominated Antwan Wilson as its new superintendent. Wilson, currently an assistant superintendent with the Denver Public Schools, will take over the 46,000-student district from the acting superintendent, Dr. Gary Yee.

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Meria Carstarphen picked as next Atlanta superintendent

The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of Meria Carstarphen as the new superintendent. Transferring from Austin, Texas, Carstarphen replaces Erroll Davis, who will retire after joining the district three years ago in the wake of the school system's cheating scandal.

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New superintendent merited Ohio district school board's only interview

His qualifications and experience were so exceptional, new Fairview Park City Schools Superintendent Geoffrey Andrews was the only candidate interviewed by the Board of Education. More than 30 people applied for the position, but it was one and done once board members met him in person.

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Colorado principal honored for turning around elementary school

Doris Candelarie's success at Sanchez Elementary School in Boulder Valley, Colo. recently earned her the title of 2014 Colorado National Distinguished Principal of the Year. The award, given by the Colorado Association of Elementary School Principals, honors elementary principals who have exhibited "extraordinary leadership, commitment to their students and staff, service to the communities, and contributions to the overall profession."

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Madison schools chief admits error in elementary school shake-up

Madison School District superintendent Jennifer Cheatham concedes that administrators made mistakes in acting to remove a respected African-American teacher from a leadership position at a struggling southwest side elementary school.

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Maine superintendent changes districts after less than a year

Keith Laser, who has been superintendent of Calais' schools for less than a year, is headed to Lincoln to lead Regional School Unit 67 for the next three years. Laser is currently under a two-year contract with Calais as well.

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Illinois district names Tom Leonard to top district position

Tom Leonard, the superintendent of a suburban Chicago district, has been named the lone finalist to lead the Eanes district beginning the next school year. Current Eanes Superintendent Nola Wellman plans to retire in August.

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Board promotes superintendent from within for Ohio district

Lisbon's board stayed in-house to choose a new superintendent, naming Principal Joe Siefke to the position under a new 3-year contract. He succeeds longtime Superintendent Don Thompson, who is retiring June 30.

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Maura Zinni named as superintendent for Illinois suburb

The Frankfort School District 157-C Board of Education inked a 3-year contract with Dr. Maura J. Zinni to serve as the new superintendent effective as of July 1.

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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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