Superintendent turnover: Lots of leaders find new homes

Superintendent turnover is outlasting the 2023-24 school year, with big moves in Gary, Ind., the San Francisco Bay Area, the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic.

Several former superintendents found new homes as central office turnover is outlasting the 2023-24 school year.

Yvonne Stokes
Yvonne Stokes

Yvonne Stokes is taking the helm at the Gary Community School Corporation in Indiana after having previously served as superintendent of Hamilton Southeastern Schools and assistant superintendent of the School Town of Munster.

“The school board, district staff, families, community and state leaders are dedicated to eliminating the effects of structural and systemic inequities that negatively impact students,” Stokes said on the district’s Facebook page. “These efforts resonate with me because I am passionate about breaking down barriers and creating access and opportunity for all our students to be successful.”

Torie Gibson will lead the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District in California after serving as dual superintendent for the Amador County Office of Education and Amador County USD. Gibson has spent nine years as a superintendent. In New York, Superintendent Richard DeMallie is moving to the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District from the Fort Edward Union Free School District.

Randi Anderson, an educational consultant who has been superintendent in rural school districts in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, and Shawano, Wisconsin, was named the next superintendent of The School District of Sevastopol in Wisconsin.

First-time superintendents

Jymil Thompson
Jymil Thompson

Dorchester County Public Schools in Maryland promoted Interim Superintendent Jymil Thompson to the full-time position. Thompson was previously Dorchester’s assistant superintendent. In the same state, Mary Boswell-McComas, currently a principal in Baltimore County, was appointed the next superintendent of Kent County Public Schools.

Lawrence County Schools in Kentucky has promoted its chief academic officer and a member of its class of 1989, Katie Webb, to become its next superintendent. Webb also worked as an administrator in Paintsville Independent Schools. Ohio’s South-Western City School District has tapped Worthington City Schools Assistant Superintendent Randy Banks as its next leader. Banks spent 13 years as a Worthington administrator after serving as a middle school principal in the South-Western City School District.

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Two Michigan districts hired first-time leaders. East Jordan Public Schools has picked Enos M. Bacon III, a principal in a nearby district, and Onsted Community Schools has tapped Jonathan Royce, also a principal in another district.

Back east, Pennsylvania’s Millersburg Area Board of School District has picked its next superintendent, Lee Christine Bzdil, a former special education teacher and administrator. The Bolivar-Richburg Central School District in New York promoted the principal of its high school/middle school, Jeffrey Margeson, to superintendent.

More new hires

Superintendent turnover: Departures

  • Vilicia Cade has resigned as CEO and superintendent of the Capital School District (Delaware).
  • April Childers will retire from Rabun County Schools (Georgia) on Sept. 30.
  • Michael Daniels is retiring from the Canon-McMillan School District (Pennsylvania) after holding the position for 13 years.
  • Kim Kellison has resigned as superintendent of the Winston-Dillard School District (Oregon) to become interim superintendent of the Silver Falls School District.
  • Heather Luznak was fired as superintendent of New Lothrop Area Public Schools (Michigan), WJRT ABC 12 reported.
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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