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National Superintendent of the Year Lands New Job

The Fulton County. Ga., school board has named Philip Lanoue as the lone finalist to fill its vacant superintendent job.

Lanoue, the schools chief in the Clarke County school district in Athens, Ga., was named national superintendent of the year last February by AASA, the School Superintendents Association.

Lanoue's tenure as national superintendent of the year will expire in the next week. AASA will announce the 2016 award recipient during their national conference in Phoenix on Feb. 11.

Mr. Lanoue has led the 13,000-student Clarke County school system since 2009. In Fulton County, he will replace Robert Avossa, who left last summer to become superintendent in Florida's Palm Beach County.

"Dr. Lanoue's leadership experience transcends geographical regions and has included rural, suburban and urban settings," Fulton County school board President Linda McCain said in a prepared statement. "He has consistently brought schools and districts to higher levels of academic achievement, and for these reasons we selected Dr. Lanoue as finalist."

The Fulton County school board plans to formally offer Lanoue the position after a two-week public comment period.

If all goes as planned, Lanoue will join the 94,000-student Fulton County schools in May.

The Montgomery County, Md., schools, one of the nation's 15 largest districts, has conditionally hired a new superintendent.

Jack Smith, who currently works as the interim state superintendent of Maryland schools, is set to start his new job in July. Smith will succeed Joshua Starr, who left the district a year ago. Larry Bowers, the district's long-time chief operating officer, has been serving as interim superintendent of the 154,000-student district since Starr's departure.

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