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I see that Kennedy School has a new principal from Kansas City, Mo. I wonder if there were internal candidates and how often the school district hires from within for administrative positions.

There were internal applicants for the job at Kennedy, said Julie Boyle, director of communications for the Lawrence school district.

The school district seeks to hire the most-qualified candidates, she said. Of the district's administrators, 43 percent were internal hires.

Felton Avery, principal of Grandview (Mo.) Middle School, will be Kennedy's next principal.

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