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Reorganization brings big changes to Florida school district staff

Rick Mills, superintendent of Manatee County (Fla.) schools, said the school district is dysfunctional and in need of stronger executives, so he's making changes at the top. Mills will unveil his reorganization plan on Monday, which includes a chief information and technology officer.

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Former Ohio tech director sentenced in $3.4M theft from district

More than two years after millions of dollars were discovered stolen from the Cuyahoga Heights (Ohio) school district, the pace of action against those accused is quickening in federal and county courts.

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Caldwell-West Caldwell (N.J.) district hires technology supervisor

Don Markese, currently the director of technology at Freehold Regional High School in Englishtown, N.J., was appointed as the new supervisor of technology at the Caldwell-West Caldwell (N.J.) school district. Markese’ one-year contract will begin on July 1 and he will make $110,000.

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New Jersey district administrator receives technology awards

Ronald Durso, the district supervisor of science & technology and engineering education for the Fair Lawn Public Schools, was honored recently by the New Jersey Technology and Engineering Education Association at its annual conference.

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After-school nonprofit hires board co-chairs and president

Nonprofit after-school robotics organization, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) announced the appointment of Sheri McCoy and Bob Tuttle as board of directors co-chairs and Don Bossi to serve as president, effective May 22.

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FCC hires digital learning director

The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it has hired Michael Steffan as the director of digital learning. In his new role, Steffen will lead initiatives to expand access to broadband internet in schools.

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K12 Inc. Appoints James Rhyu as New CFO

K12 Inc., a provider of proprietary, technology-based curriculum, software, and education services, today announced that James Rhyu will join the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer in early June.

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Debbie S. Anderson named 2013 Innovative Principal of the Year

The Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders has named Debbie S. Anderson, a principal in the Santa Rosa School District (Milton, Fla.), 2013 Innovative Principal of the Year. According to the person who nominated her, Anderson "works tirelessly to ensure that technology positively influences student performance, as well as student behavior."

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Scott Regional Tech Center (Mo.) Hires New Director

David Miller, who is completing his second year as assistant principal at Monett (Mo.) High School, was named as the new director of the Scott Regional Technology Center, also in Monett, succeeding Russ Moreland.

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Lancaster (Texas) ISD Teacher Appointed to State Education Panel

Amber Chalmers, fifth grade science teacher at Rolling Hills Elementary, has been appointed to serve on the State Review Panel for Proclamation 2014, where she will review and evaluate instructional materials submitted for the November 2013 adoption by the State Board of Education, including science, math and technology applications.

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