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April T. Domine
The 2,700-student Big Walnut School District in Galena, Ohio, has named April Domine its new superintendent. Domine has spent 11 of her 18 years in education in the nearby Olentangy system, serving as director of continuous improvement, assistant director of curriculum and assistant principal. She also worked as curriculum supervisor for the Delaware/Union Educational Service Center. Domine’s career began as a special education teacher in Dayton and Hilliard, Ohio. She serves as an adjunct professor at Ashland University.

Walter Milton Jr.
After two years as superintendent of the Fallsburg Central School District in the heart of New York state’s Catskills Mountains, Walter Milton has moved on to the top position of the Flint, Mich., Community Schools. A Rochester, N.Y., native, he started his professional career in education in the suburban Webster, N.Y., system as a junior high school teacher. After five years in the classroom, he served seven years in a principalship.

Thomas W. Payzant
Following an 11-year run as superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, Tom Payzant moved this fall into higher education as a senior lecturer in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Payzant earlier served as assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education in the U.S. Department of Education. He was superintendent in four communities prior to Boston, accepting his first such posting in Springfield Township, Pa., at age 28. His other top jobs were in Eugene, Ore., Oklahoma City and San Diego. Payzant earned his doctorate from Harvard.

Anne C. Poplin
After a decade as superintendent of the 525-student Windthorst, Texas, Independent School District, Anne Poplin has assumed the executive directorship of the Region 9 Educational Service Center based in Wichita Falls, Texas. Poplin earlier spent nine years with the intermediate agency that serves 40 school systems, filling posts as director of special education and staff development and overseeing all instructional activities. She also spent much of her career in the special education field, starting with a teaching position in Wichita Falls.

Helen C. Sobehart
Duquesne University in Pittsburgh has welcomed a former superintendent, Helen Sobehart, to the post of associate academic vice president. Sobehart previously directed the university’s School of Education Leadership Institute and the interdisciplinary doctoral program for educational leaders. Sobehart also has worked at Temple University, directing the Laboratory for Student Success. Her superintendency was in the Fox Chapel Area Schools near Pittsburgh, and her doctorate was earned at Carnegie Mellon University.

John Van Pelt
The Lake Villa, Ill., School District 41 has a new superintendent this fall in veteran John Van Pelt. He spent the past nine years as associate superintendent in the 11,000-student Waterloo, Iowa, Community School District after two previous stints in the superintendency: Morrison, Ill., for six years and New Sharon, Iowa, for three years. Van Pelt also has worked as a principal and teacher at schools in Iowa, Wyoming and Sydney, Australia, and is an associate auditor with Curriculum Management Systems. He holds an Ed.D. in educational administration from Drake University.

TRANSITIONS

APPOINTMENTS

Mark Adams, from superintendent, Deer River, Minn., to superintendent, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Brian Beck, from interim superintendent, Newman-Crows Landing School District, Newman, Calif., to superintendent, Hughson Unified School District, Hughson, Calif.

Karl Brown, from principal, Laurens, N.Y., to superintendent, Bainbridge-Guilford, N.Y.

Michael Jacoby, from superintendent, Geneva, Ill., to executive director, Illinois Association of School Business Officials, DeKalb, Ill.

Margarent Keller-Cogan, from superintendent, Greece, N.Y., to superintendent, Clarkstown, N.Y.

Donald Raw, from superintendent, Alden, N.Y., to superintendent, Canandaigua, N.Y.

RETIREMENTS
Bert Bleke,
superintendent, Grand Rapids, Mich.

John Brickner, superintendent, Ewing, Neb.

William Brosnan, superintendent, Northport-East Northport, N.Y.

Susan Cook, superintendent, Kenton County, Ky.

Mary Ellen Correa, superintendent, Watkins Glen, N.Y.

George L. Duffy III, superintendent, Seaford, N.Y.

Rich Fischer, superintendent, Mountain View-Los Altos Unified High School District, Calif.

William Larson, superintendent, Intermediate District 917, Rosemount, Minn.

Larry Leverett, superintendent, Greenwich, Conn.

Edward L Michaelson, superintendent, Woodcliff Lake, N.J.

James Morse, superintendent, East Grand Rapids, Mich.

Randy Neelis, superintendent, Sparta, Mich.

Jim O’Donnell, superintendent, Grand Rapids, Mich., Catholic Schools

Richard E. Packman, superintendent, Ellington, Conn.

Gary Prest, superintendent, Bloomington, Minn.

Tom Rother, superintendent, Raymond, Neb.

Bill Schaefer, superintendent, Upper Arlington, Ohio

Joan M. Thompson, superintendent, Hendrick Hudson, N.Y.

Stephen J. Uebbing, superintendent, Canandaigua, N.Y.

Mike Washburn, superintendent, Forrest Hills, Mich.

Michael Weiler, superintendent, Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Joseph L. Wood, superintendent, South Windsor, Conn.