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Alabama superintendent says district has reviewed students' social media

Former principal Joyce Gray joins President Obama and Maya Angelou in digital oral history
Superintendent Casey Wardynski says students' social media accounts are review only if the district receives a tip.
Superintendent Casey Wardynski says students' social media accounts are review only if the district receives a tip.

Superintendent Casey Wardynski of Huntsville City Schools in Alabama said in September the district has reviewed social media accounts of some 600 students since January to respond to potential threats.

Students are investigated only if school officials receive a tip, he says. The monitoring came to light after the National Security Agency alerted the district to a potential threat a student made against a teacher on Twitter.

Education consultant and former principal Joyce Gray joined President Barack Obama and the late poet Maya Angelou in telling their stories for a recently released digital oral history collection at the Library of Congress.

Gray became Utah’s first African-American principal in 1984 when she took a position at the Granite School District in the Salt Lake City suburbs. She was named Utah’s principal of the year in 1999.

Lamont Repollet became superintendent of Asbury Park School District in New Jersey in October. The district has had four superintendents in six years.

He plans to turn around the system that had a 51 percent graduation rate in 2013. And he plans to build a more innovative curriculum to improve middle school performance, which ranks in the bottom 5 percent of school districts in the state.

Principal Vera Jones of Krueger Middle School, part of Michigan City Area Schools in Indiana, won the 2014 Lorin A. Burt Outstanding Educator Award from the Indiana School Boards Association in September.

Jones was recognized for transforming her school’s curricular focus and campus into an Environmental Science Outdoor Learning Center. Several grants have funded two trail systems and a wetlands restoration project.

Carole Kihm, principal at Longfellow Middle School, part of Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, was named Outstanding Middle School Principal of Virginia by the state Association of Secondary School Principals in September.

Kihm is credited with turning around test scores during her seven years at the school.