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City of Modesto’s CIO takes Oakland job

The city of Modesto’s chief information officer, Bryan M. Sastokas, is leaving to take the same job with the city of Oakland. Under his leadership, Modesto was named a top 10 Digital City for 2011, ’12 and ’13, and received several awards, including the 2012 Quality in IT Practices Award and 2013 Excellence in IT Practices Award.

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McElroy named chief information security officer at UW-Madison

Lori McElroy has been named chief information security officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after serving in a similar role for six years at Texas State University. McElroy will lead an office that will take risk- and metrics-based approaches to information security.

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Leah Kraus named CIO at North Carolina Central University

Leah Kraus, interim chief information officer at UNC-Wilmington, has been appointed to North Carolina Central University’s chief information officer post. Kraus comes to NCCU with more than 20 years of experience in education and technology. She has served as UNC-Wilmington’s interim CIO since 2011 and as associate vice chancellor for services for the past seven years. She will begin her new role on Feb. 3.

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Former Chicago tech director lands county job despite investigation

A former Chicago Public Schools tech director, Prasad Nettem, who resigned after being accused of shaking down a subcontractor for a $2,000 bribe, has landed on his feet. He now works for Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle’s office, making $145,000 a year.

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Pennsylvania tech director writes, shares Technology Buying Guide

To get the right answers, ask the right questions. That's how every purchase of digital equipment should begin, says Suhail Baloch, technology director for West Jefferson Hills School District. Baloch tells everyone what the right questions are in his Technology Buying Guide for 2013, which is posted on the district's website.

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Former Atlanta school system CIO admits receiving kickbacks

A former Atlanta Public Schools chief information officer entered a guilty plea over $60,000 in kickbacks he received for influencing the school system to award a $780,000 project to a certain computer vendor.

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Steven Anderson holds tech discussion while walking

To prove the power of wireless mobility, Steven Anderson, the director of instructional technology for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina, held a live video discussion using earbuds and an iPad while being mobile—walking through a hotel lobby, on an elevator, in cars and more.

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California district fills vacant tech spot

Michael Leathers was appointed to fill the position of director of educational technology and informational services at Saugus Union School District in Santa Clarita, Calif.

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Forbes writer calls Salman Khan most influential person in ed tech

I have had the good fortune of speaking with several leaders in education technology today, and many of them acknowledge that the most influential person on the MOOC landscape has been Salman Khan.

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Portland, Wash., school board hires IT director

Board members of the Portland School District approved the hiring of Paul Dinka as the director of technology. Dinka replaces David Palme, who left the district in November to take a position with the Waverly School District.

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