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S.C. district’s new tech director shares passion for electronics

Andrew Cox, the Aiken County School District's new tech director, is a self-described classic computer geek with a long career in technology that started in the Aiken district. He succeeds Dal Stanley, who will retire in January after 27 years with the South Carolina district.

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Missouri assistant superintendent accepts position with online university

Angie Besendorfer, Joplin assistant school superintendent, announced that she will leave her local post to become chancellor of WGU Missouri, a nonprofit, online university.

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CANeLearn chief innovation officer receives iNACOL award

The iNACOL Innovative Blended and Online Learning Practice Award was presented to Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) Chief Innovation Officer Verena Roberts for her work with emerging educational projects, such as creating the first K12 MOOC for high school students.

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Lois Wolk debates Internet privacy with New Tech students

A visit from Napa’s state senator, Lois Wolk, ignited some intense debate at New Technology High School in Napa Valley. Wolk encouraged students to ask questions—no topic was off limits. At first, the questions varied—one student asked about immigration, another asked about women in the Legislature. But what really got students talking was the issue of privacy versus cyberbullying.

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Trial set for former Atlanta schools tech director

Atlanta Public Schools’ former technology director is scheduled to go on trial Dec. 2 on bribery and fraud charges. Federal prosecutors claim Jerome Oberlton, who worked as the school system’s chief information officer from 2004 to 2007, used his influence at the school system to award a $780,000 computer project and score a profit from the deal.

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Tuscaloosa board names new director of technical education

The Tuscaloosa Board of Education unanimously approved Dennis Duncan as the Alabama system’s new director of career technical education. Duncan has been with the Bibb County School System since 2004, having served as a principal and director of career and technical education.

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Winston-Salem district hires new director of technology

Kevin Sherrill has been hired as the executive director of technology for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina. Sherrill has been the district’s director of information technology since 2007. He replaces Betty Weycker, who retired in May.

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New leader for Hillside New Tech High School

Tounya Clayton Wright has been named director of Hillside New Tech High School, a small STEM high school in Durham, N.C. She previously served as the assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Hillside High School.

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Easton, Pa., district tech director will face trial for wiretapping

The former technology director for Easton Area School District in Pennsylvania accused of secretly recording a private meeting will face trial in Northampton County Court. Thomas Drago, 54, acknowledged at a hearing that prosecutors have enough evidence to merit a wiretap violation charge.

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Longtime tech director moving on

Bailey Mitchell, who has been the director of technology in the Forsyth County school system in Georgia for 16 years, has resigned to take the position of chief academic officer for an international company called itslearning, developer of a next-generation learning platform.

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