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Tech director leaving Indiana county position

Technology director Mike Watson submitted his resignation with Tippecanoe School Corporation (TSC) to accept a position with a Bloomington district. He was instrumental in enhancing TSC’s wireless infrastructure and establishing a 1-to-1 laptop program at two high schools.

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Michele Orner to leave Pennsylvania career and tech center

Michele Orner has submitted her resignation letter from the job of director of the Center for Careers and Technology at Carlisle High School. The Halifax Area School Board has appointed Orner as the new superintendent of that northern Dauphin County school district.

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Virginia district brings in Nancy Alvarez as director

Petersburg City Public Schools has named Nancy Alvarez as its new director of technology. Alvarez comes to the district from Norfolk Public Schools, where she served as a network engineer.

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Ohio tech center hires David Peltz as supervisor

David Peltz has been named as supervisor of electives and business and information technology programs at Miami Valley Career Tech Center. He currently serves with Ohio's Greenville City School District as the director of its Career Technical Education Center and several other programs.

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Massachusetts schools brings in new info tech chief

Aaron Hyre, currently the director of technology services in Abington, has been hired as information technology director for the Foxboro school system, replacing Paul Bortolotti.

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Four tech positions to be added in California district

The Hollister School District is adding new technology and teacher support jobs, including four site-specific technology specialists. Under the state's new funding formula, the district will get $3.78 million more in 2014-2015 than it received this school year.

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New York's P-TECH names school principal

P-TECH, New York's new technology-infused college and career-training program for high school students, has hired Natasha Walkowicz Shea as its new principal. Most recently, she was the principal of Greenwood Lake Elementary School in Orange County. Walkowicz Shea's new job and the new school are funded by a $2.1 million grant intended to get the P-TECH program off the ground over the next few years.

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New director will help Michigan district integrate technology

David Hood, who has been Western Middle School's principal, will become the Western School District's director of instructional technology. In this position, Hood will help all Western teachers integrate technology into their regular classroom lessons.

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Illinois tech academy promotes Bret Hitchings to executive director

Heartland Technical Academy has named Bret Hitchings, formerly the assistant director, as the school's new executive director. Former executive director Jodi Ferriell has accepted a new position as director of the Capital Area Career Center in Springfield.

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Angela Bacon named as Georgia district's technology officer

Interim Cobb Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale has chosen Angela Bacon as interim chief technology officer. Ragsdale previously hired Bacon as director of instructional technology in 2011, when he was still deputy superintendent.

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