Two high-profile superintendents from Washington state have announced they will resign their posts to take jobs with technology-related firms. Their departures--announced within a week of each other--highlight an issue of increasing importance to school districts: How to recruit and retain tech-savvy leaders in the era of the eSchool.

Mark Mitrovich, superintendent of Peninsula School District, and Tom Vander Ark, chief of nearby Federal Way School District, are counting down their last days as public school officials, though both will remain close to the education arena in their new positions.

Mitrovich will become a vice president for Copernicus Interactive, a leading K-12


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