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Lakota Local Schools superintendent effectively uses social media

Other news: CEO pairs three troubled schools with thriving one, new superintendent to assume HR duties
Matt Miller is the new superintendent of Lakota Local Schools in Ohio.
Matt Miller is the new superintendent of Lakota Local Schools in Ohio.

Matt Miller, new superintendent of Ohio’s Lakota Local Schools, is reaching community members with his social media savviness.

Miller launched the district’s first Twitter account, which has more than 1,900 followers, and uploaded a YouTube speech where he pushes over a large stack of antiquated textbooks and holds a "funeral" for the term 21st century learning. The video has been viewed more than 2,500 times.

His personal Facebook account also now promotes school and student successes. Miller, who was selected as one of the National School Boards Association’s 2015-16 Top 20 To Watch in the U.S., plans to create an Instagram account for the district.

CEO Sonja Santelises of Baltimore City Public Schools has paired three troubled schools with Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle, one of the district’s best. Santelises made the decision so Rodgers could help improve the three struggling institutions.

Teachers will share lessons, visit classrooms and collaborate with their counterparts across the city. One of the troubled elementary schools has been dealing with gang-related activity. 

Chris Fritsch, new superintendent of Pendleton School District in Oregon, will assume human resources duties after just one day on the job. The decision was made after budget cuts required the district to eliminate its human resources director position.

Fritsch, who gained six years of HR experience as assistant superintendent for Longview Public Schools in Washington, plans to direct any available money to school classrooms rather than finding a replacement for the HR director.