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New superintendent of 10th largest school district in the U.S.

Donald Fennoy now leads the School District of Palm Beach County in Florida, the 10th largest district in the U.S.
Donald Fennoy now leads the School District of Palm Beach County in Florida, the 10th largest district in the U.S.

Donald Fennoy now leads the School District of Palm Beach County in Florida, the 10th largest district in the U.S. Fennoy has prioritized upgrading security, improving third-grade reading skills and increasing teacher pay, among other goals. He previously supervised transportation, maintenance and planning as the district’s chief operating officer.

Superintendent Tiffany Anderson of Topeka Public Schools in Kansas, posted a video of herself and other district leaders rapping about how students can do well on annual state tests. The video, which mimics the theme song from the 1990s television show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” has been viewed more than 19,000 times and received positive feedback on the district’s Facebook and YouTube accounts.

Colorado Principal Kristin Golden increased Riverdale Elementary School’s performance rating from 40 percent to nearly 75 percent over the last four years. Every week, Golden and a team of teachers look at student assessment data to address learner needs in her building, which is part of Adams 12 Five Star Schools. For her efforts, Golden was named Colorado’s National Distinguished Principal of the Year by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Lori Phillips, a founding principal of the first “community school” in Memphis, Tennessee, has taken on the role of Shelby County Schools’ director of family and community engagement. Phillips will focus on accommodating students’ social and academic needs at 15 schools. She will also convert three education facilities to community schools that house medical clinics and offer classes to parents.