Superintendent turnover didn’t slow down for the first week of summer

Spotsylvania County Public Schools in Virginia announced longtime administrator Clint M. Mitchell as its new superintendent

The summer holiday season doesn’t mean superintendent turnover has come to a complete halt, with a handful of districts picking new leaders and others experiencing departures.

Clint M. Mitchell
Clint M. Mitchell

Spotsylvania County Public Schools in Virginia announced longtime administrator Clint M. Mitchell as its new superintendent. Mitchell, who has been superintendent of Colonial Beach Public Schools since 2021, has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in Virginia school systems, including stints as a principal in Fairfax County Public Schools and Prince William County Public Schools.

Among the superintendents moving to new districts is Ohio’s Jack Fisher, who has been chosen to lead Northeastern Local Schools after serving in the same role at the Lynchburg-Clay Local School District. In California, Santa Rosa City School District has picked its next leader, Daisy Morales, who is currently the Live Oak Elementary School District’s superintendent.

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Former superintendents returning to the lead role include Christopher Irving, who is taking the helm at the East Orange School District in New Jersey after having previously led Teaneck Public Schools, according to In the same state, former Hillsborough Township Public Schools superintendent Lisa Antunes is taking over at the Little Egg Harbor School District, TAPInto reports.

And in Texas, Grand Prairie ISD has named former Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD superintendent Jorge L. Arredondo its next leader.

Lisa Lawson
Lisa Lawson

This week’s first-time superintendents include Lisa Lawson, who was picked to lead Delaware’s Brandywine School District, where she has served as deputy and assistant superintendent. She was previously an administrator in the Christina School District, also in Delaware. In New York, Andrew P. Kufel was promoted to superintendent of the Lancaster Central School District, where he has worked since 2011.

One district that’s planning ahead is Ohio’s Hamilton City Schools. With Superintendent Mike Holbrook planning to retire at the end of 2024-2025, the district this week tapped Associate Superintendent Andrea Blevins to replace him.

More new hires

Superintendent turnover: Departures

  • Michael Bashaw Jr. is retiring from the Thousand Islands Central School District (New York)
  • Jared Caylor has resigned from the Corning Union High School District (California)
  • Reva Cosby has resigned from Trotwood-Madison City Schools (Ohio)
  • Christopher Leone resigned from the Regional School District 20 (Connecticut)
Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick is the managing editor of District Administration and a life-long journalist. Prior to writing for District Administration he worked in daily news all over the country, from the NYC suburbs to the Rocky Mountains, Silicon Valley and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He's also in a band.

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