Superintendent turnover: Lots of new hires, just a few departures

Several superintendents are relocating this week as steady turnover continues from coast to coast with several first-timers and retirements.

Several superintendents are relocating this week as steady turnover continues from coast to coast.

Bill Thorpe
Bill Thorpe

In Kentucky, Superintendent Bill Thorpe is leaving Trigg County Public Schools to lead Marshall County Schools, a district where he was previously an administrator. Warren Consolidated Schools in Michigan has chosen its next superintendent, John C. Bernia, currently chief of Walled Lake Consolidated School District.

Superintendent CJ Cammack is moving to the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in California after leading Fremont USD since 2020. Cammack also served as superintendent of Martinez USD in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mark Moring, currently Superintendent of Davis Public Schools in Oklahoma, will helm the Durant Independent School District in the same state.

Ashley Whitely
Ashley Whitely

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First-time superintendent Ashley Whitely will take the reins at Lakota Local Schools in Ohio after serving as an assistant superintendent at Wyoming City Schools since 2018. She was formerly an administrator at Lakota East High School.

Justin Ainsworth has been selected to lead the Coos Bay School District in Oregon, his hometown, after having been the associate superintendent in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District in Alaska. Ainsworth was briefly hired as the superintendent of North Thurston Public Schools in Washington. The Auburn Union School District in Northern California has hired Brittaney Meyer as its next superintendent. She is currently the assistant superintendent of educational services in the Loomis Union School District.

Terra Hancock
Terra Hancock

Union County Public Schools in Kentucky has tapped Terra Hancock as its next superintendent. Hancock, currently the assistant superintendent of secondary instruction and director of pupil personnel, has served the district for 19 years as a teacher, counselor, principal and administrator. And in Ohio, Copley-Fairlawn City Schools has named Assistant Superintendent Aimee Kirsch its next leader.

More new hires

Superintendent turnover: 5 retirements

Several superintendents have in recent weeks announced plans to step down:

  • Yvonne Curtis is retiring from the South Lane School District (Oregon)
  • Michael Daniels is retiring from the Canon-McMillan School District (Pennsylvania).
  • Laura Hebert will not renew her contract at the Ravenna School District (Ohio).
  • Shannon LaFargue will retire from Calcasieu Parish Public Schools (Louisiana) this summer.
  • Nikki Woodson will retire from Washington Township Schools (Indiana) at the end of the 2024-25 school year.
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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