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Norton, Mass., schools may add tech director

To keep the Norton school district moving forward, Superintendent Joseph Baeta says it’s time to hire a director of technology. He has asked the finance committee to consider including the position as it moves forward with next year’s budget.

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Elementary school principal moves to district tech position

Joseph Mazza, who has been principal of Knapp Elementary School since 2007, part of the North Penn School District, is stepping down effective Dec. 4 to accept a grant-funded position within the district that involves helping administrators, home and school associations, teachers and other groups to connect and collaborate through social media.

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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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