Education News in Brief


May 09, 2017 1 min read

Nikolai Vitti, the superintendent of the Duval County district in Jacksonville, Fla., has been selected as the head of the new Detroit school system, pending contract negotiations.

The job would bring Vitti back to the Detroit metropolitan area, where he grew up.

He has led the Duval County schools since 2012.


Donna Hargens, the superintendent of the Jefferson County, Ky., school system, which includes Louisville and is the state’s largest district, will resign, effective July 1.

Hargens came to the district in 2011 from the Wake County, N.C., system, where she was the chief academic officer.


S. Dallas Dance has announced that he will step down as the superintendent of the Baltimore County, Md., district, as of June 30.

He has led the district since 2012. Dance previously served as the chief middle school officer in the Houston school system.


Michael Matirano, will serve as acting superintendent of the Howard County, Md., schools. Martirano is a longtime Maryland educator who also served as West Virginia’s state education chief.

He replaces Renee Foose, who has been locked in a power struggle with the district’s school board and has resigned her post.


Joe Gothard, the superintendent of Minnesota’s Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district, has been tapped to lead the nearby St. Paul schools.

Gothard, who came on board in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage in 2013, previously was an assistant superintendent in Madison, Wis.

A version of this article appeared in the May 10, 2017 edition of Education Week as Transitions