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Pittsfield's vocational education director leaving

Frank K. Cote, director of vocational education in city schools since 2011, will leave in June to become superintendent of a vocational-technical high school in southeastern Massachusetts. He will lead the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical school district in Rochester.

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Florida district overhauling IT department

The Pasco County district doesn’t have enough technicians to handle the demands of 80 schools. Under the first year of its reorganization proposal, the Office for Technology and Information Services would grow from 87 employees to 111, with 13 of the new positions being technology services technicians.

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Carrino hired as director of technology in California

William S. Hart Union High School District has appointed a new director of technology to oversee the needs of its 22,000 junior high and high school students. Jon Carrino, who has been with the district since the inception of the technology department, will begin his new post on July 1.

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Interim tech director chosen by Pennsylvania district

The Plum School Board voted to appoint Chris Burkey, who had been systems administrator in the district's technology department, to the interim technology director position. Burkey replaces district technology director Chris Davis. The board also voted to create a technology integrator position for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Massachusetts district names Anthony Ritacco director of technology

Anthony Ritacco has been appointed to the post of director of technology for the Dover-Sherborn Public Schools. He has been with the school system for six years as senior network administrator. Prior to his first appointment in the district, Ritacco served in a similar capacity in the Norton Public Schools.

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Maine district hunting for new tech center leader

Sanford school administrators are planning the process to replace departing Sanford Regional Technical Center Director Jim Stopa.

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New tech director named for Oregon district

The Redmond School District has selected Jeremy Macdonald as its new director of technology and innovation. The technology services are currently contracted through the High Desert Education Service District. With the district’s growing instructional technology needs, the IT services will be brought in-house beginning July 1.

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Technology teacher cuts among Oregon county budget concerns

Five Montclair schools will lose their technology specialist positions to accommodate additional physical education and music instruction teachers. Other schools will see a boost in the latter two positions while retaining their technology specialists.

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Staff protest eliminating high school tech director position

A proposed shared services agreement amongst four New Jersey districts would remove the in-house technology director position at Northern Highlands' high school. Under the agreement, one CTO would be appointed to oversee seven schools.

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Barry Haines comes to New Jersey district as new director of tech

The Montclair district has brought in Barry Haines as its new director of technology to lead an IT infrastructure upgrade that will support 21st century teaching and learning. Haines previously supervised educational technology in New Jersey's Parsippany-Troy Hills and Flemington-Raritan districts.

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