Superintendents in the News

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Some County Superintendents Buck Trend on Salaries
San Angelo Standard-Times, Dec. 19
SAN ANGELO, Texas --More than 60 percent of Texas public school districts froze superintendent salaries this year, according to an annual survey by the Texas Association of School Boards and Texas Association of School Administrators. School districts across the state had to absorb a cut in state funding of about 6 percent for the 2011-12 school year. Some districts in Tom Green County bucked the trend and gave raises to superintendents, while San Angelo and Grape Creek froze their top administrators' salaries. Superintendent Carol Ann Bonds’ pay in San Angelo was frozen at the 2010-11 level of $172,788. The superintendent of the smaller Grape Creek district, David Hale, took the reins this past December and also did not get a raise from his hiring salary of $96,500. But superintendents of Veribest, Wall and Water Valley districts all received small raises. m.gosanangelo.com

LA Schools Look to Teachers to Lead Reform Efforts
Associated Press, Dec. 18
LOS ANGELES, Calif.--In a major reversal, the Los Angeles Unified School District plans to eliminate outsiders from taking over its schools for the next three years. Three years ago, the nation's second largest district admitted it was failing thousands of kids and invited charter organizations to take over low-performing and brand-new schools. It was hailed by school reformers and despised by unions. Now, reform efforts will be led by teachers and administrators who will be granted charter-like independence from district control and union rules. The pact, approved by United Teachers Los Angeles, is expected to pass the school board. Schools Superintendent John Deasy says it reflects the reform urgency and scale needed in a district with 664,000 students and nearly 1,000 schools. Within three years, all schools can implement their own reforms, with the district monitoring rather than mandating. ‘We are giving them (teachers and administrators) unprecedented levels of autonomy. What we're not changing is how we hold them accountable,’ Deasy stressed. mercurynews.com

Superintendent: Good Teaching Can't be Legislated
The Muskegon Chronicle, 18
MUSKEGON, Mich.--Good instructional design and delivery, planned and carried out by teachers and administrators at the local level, is the key to good public school education, according to a Michigan school administrator. ‘It cannot be defined by lawmakers or described in policies, because they (planning and delivery) are fluid and ever-changing in response to student needs and changing resources,’ writes Superintendent Jerry McDowell of nearby Whitehall District Schools in a guest column for The Chronicle. He stresses that learning is highly dependent on interaction between teachers and students within the classroom. ‘Today’s teachers understand that all delivery methods play a role in the instructional day,’ McDowell writes. ‘Balanced instruction occurs most often when teachers are keenly aware of student responses and talk with other teachers about these responses.’ mlive.com

Superintendent: More Education Funding Needed
KELO-TV, Dec. 19
MOBRIDGE,S.D.--South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard's education budget plan for next year falls short of help needed here, according to Mobridge-Pollock Schools Superintendent Tim Frederick. The increase over state money provided locally this year would be less than 1 percent and ‘We can't move forward on 0.8 percent,’ says Frederick. ‘We cut back so much last year it's going to be very difficult for us to say we could bring back certain programs that we thought we might be able to.’ Mobridge-Pollock wants to restore a science and math position cut in the high school and to make up other cuts. The district is still receiving money this year as part of the Mobridge-Pollock consolidation package -- but that stops next year. And local officials are expecting cuts in some federal funding. keloland.com

Superintendent Sends Scathing Letter About School Board
Channel 7, Dec. 15
GAFFNEY, S.C.--Cherokee County Schools Superintendent Ed Taylor resigned with a scathing letter to the School Board. He will leave at the end of January in what district employees called a shock, Taylor called necessary, and the board called ‘private.’ ‘Recent actions by the board have taken away my authority to make decisions that are critical to the success of the district, and I cannot accept the responsibility without authority,’ Taylor said in a letter to the board. ‘The conditions under which I have been working have been intolerable, and I was therefore compelled to step down.’ Taylor was brought in as an interim and was later given a full-time contract that should have lasted through this school year. But he said he grew frustrated with the board micromanaging his personnel decisions and that they wouldn't allow him to ‘do my job’. www2.wspa.com

A Superintendent Calls School Reformers’ Bluff
Washington Post, Dec. 12
WASHINGTON--Superintendent John Kuhn of the Perrin-Whitt Consolidated Independent School District in Texas has grabbed - and is shaking - the gauntlet thrown by many fierce critics of public education. The outspoken and dynamic Kuhn charges that ‘reformers’ such as former District of Columbia Schools chief Michelle Rhee are blindly fighting for a nation of private schools at the expense of American children. ‘Well, I’m calling their bluff,’ he writes in a Washington Post blog, stressing that it’s time to admit that societal problems play a giant role in the education weeds. His challenge: ‘Let’s have national benchmarks for equality in incarceration, equality in college enrollment, equality in health coverage, equality in income levels, employment rates, rates of drug addiction and child abuse.' washingtonpost.com

Hart Schools Chief: Evolution is Viewed as Fact in State Test
Lexington Herald-Leader, Dec. 13
LEXINGTON, Ky.--Hart County Schools superintendent Ricky Line in Munfordville is objecting that a new state test to be taken by high school students next spring will treat evolution as fact, not theory, and will require schools to teach accordingly. ‘I have a deep concern about the increased emphasis on the evolution content required,’ he wrote in raising the issue with state officials here. Line said the plan essentially would require students to believe that humans evolved from primates such as apes and were not created by God. ‘I have a very difficult time believing that we have come to a point ... that we are teaching evolution ... as a factual occurrence, while totally omitting the creation story by a God who is bigger than all of us,’ said Line. State Education Commissioner Terry Holiday said schools will not be teaching evolution as fact. Currently, teachers can discuss creation theories other than evolution but are not required to teach them. kentucky.com

 

Ending Cap on Charter Schools Troubles Royal Oak Superintendent
Royal Oak Patch, Dec. 15
ROYAL OAK, Mich.--‘This legislation moves our state in the wrong direction,’ says Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin of the Michigan House’s passage of a plan to throw wide the state door to charter schools. He sent an email to the Royal Oak Pact after the House voted 58-49 to pass Senate Bill 618, which would end the cap on the expansion of charter schools in Michigan. ‘Only about 50 percent of charter schools achieve the same student performance levels as public schools, while 39 percent score worse. Student achievement data is clear: Expanding charter schools in Michigan is more likely to worsen rather than improve learning outcomes for children,’ Lewis-Lakin charged. royaloakpatch.com

Stoughton School Chief Awarded 20% Pay Raise
The Boston Globe, Nov. 27
STOUGHTON, Mass.--City schools Superintendent Marguerite Rizzi has received a 20 percent salary raise effective next July, from her current $140,000 to $168,500 a year. The school committee’s vote came just three weeks after Massachusetts’ officials said that an earlier vote to extend Rizzi’s contract was illegal. Her raise contrasts sharply with that of unionized school personnel, who will receive a 2 percent raise halfway through fiscal 2012. ‘I don’t know and can’t accurately predict how they (unions) will think about this,’ said Rizzi, who would receive her first pay raise since she became superintendent in July 2009. boston.comm

Kalida Superintendent Says: Public Schools Could be as Efficient as Private Schools
Putnam County Sentinel, Nov. 23
Kalida, Ohio–-City schools Superintendent Don Horstman has sharply criticized a bill in the legislature – which he says favors private schools - and its co-sponsor, State Rep. Lynn Wachtmann. ‘Representative Wachtmann is not apologetic for the fact that he does not consider himself a fan of public education,’ Horstman told a recent school board meeting. ‘It would be really easy to be as efficient as private education if we could follow the rules that private education does,’ fired the superintendent. ‘It's very frustrating when Rep.Wachtmann and other members of the legislature refuse to put things in place to force those people [private schools] to follow the same rules we do . . . . It's easy to be efficient when you don't have to operate under the rules the state puts in place.’ putnamsentinel.com

Santa Clara County School Board Will Look Outside Education for Next County Schools Chief
San Jose Mercury News, Nov. 27
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Offering a $295,000 salary plus retirement and perks, the Santa Clara County School Board says it will look inside and outside the education community for a new school superintendent. As the seven-member board moves with a new trend to have outsiders reform schools, it has drawn opposition from California’s largest teachers union. And it must win state permission to skirt current rules. But board President Joseph Di Salvo says philanthropic dollars are going disproportionately to charter schools at the expense of traditional public schools, and ‘We need somebody who understands that.’ He noted that the offer is smaller than the $300,000 pay of retiring Superintendent Charles Weis. mercurynews.com

School Districts Prepare for State Funding Cuts
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Nov. 26
ONTARIO, Calif.--Area school administrators, say state budget cuts are likely to be triggered by lower tax revenue and result in a mid-year reduction in public education funds. ‘It's going to be awfully difficult to implement,’ said Assistant Superintendent Don Bertucci of the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. The cut size won't be known for over a month, but some officials say they could be forced to reopen negotiations with labor unions to achieve savings. A tax report released this month projected revenue will be $3.7 billion lower than hoped. That shortfall would lead to full implementation of ‘trigger cuts,’ including in K-12 schools. Districts stand to lose state transportation funds and perhaps $190 to $260 per student. dailybulletin.com

Superintendents Say Vouchers Penalize Effective Schools
The Daily Item, Oct. 13
SUNBURY, Pa. -– Area school superintendents charge that lumping schools in this rural area into the same group as under-performing urban schools isn’t fair to students here, who are unlikely to benefit from Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed education reform. ‘This governor has been looking for ways to change the system, but I’m not sure it’s a good idea to paint everyone with the same brush,’ said Mifflinburg Superintendent Dan Lichtel. Especially grating to the administrators are what Corbett calls ‘opportunity scholarships’ — essentially a taxpayer-paid voucher system — for students in the worst-performing 5 percent of schools.Corbett’s plan ‘just means that we, our dollars, will be helping other parts of the state,’ said Selinsgrove Superintendent Chad Cohrs. dailyitem.com 

School Board Sets Guidelines for Superintendent Search
The Sun Sentinel, Oct. 12
PALM BEACH, Fla. – The next school superintendent of Palm Beach County, the nation’s 11th largest school district, will be paid between $225,000 and $285,000 in addition to other negotiated benefits. The county school board decided that it will quickly begin advertising for a school leader to hopefully take charge on or before next June 1. The annual salary will be less than the $300,000 received by former Superintendent Art Johnson and more than the $210,000 paid to current education chief Bill Malone. Malone, 68, was appointed in late February and is under contract through August 2012. He has agreed to serve until his successor arrives. Applications for the post will be received until Jan. 6 and the board will meet Jan. 18 to determine the top finalists. sunsentinel.com

Portland Superintendent to Retire in June
Kennebec Journal, Oct. 13
PORTLAND, Maine – City public schools Superintendent Jim Morse says he will retire when his three-year contract runs out next June. Under his leadership, the district adopted a five-year budget planning process, reorganized central office administration, began developing a system wide curriculum and is about to adopt a comprehensive plan. ‘I've made the changes necessary to make this a high-performing district,’ he told the school board. Morse took the job in a financial crisis that resulted in the firing of a superintendent and a business manager. The Portland native said he has no concrete plans but is cultivating job offers he has received. kjonline.com

Rutherford Board of Education Still Searching for Superintendent
The Record, Oct. 13
RUTHERFORD, N.J. – After a delay sparked by a state pay cap on school superintendents, the Rutherford Board of Education hopes to have a new area schools chief by the end of the year. Board President Thom Casandonte said he hopes for an appointment by the end of November and a contract in place by Jan. 1, 2012. A new search has begun after one earlier this year was scrapped to clarify pay limits. Last year, Gov. Chris Christie put forth guides for maximum salaries that a superintendent can be paid. The caps, which are now in effect, depend on how many students are enrolled in a district. The cap for Rutherford is $165,000. Current Interim Superintendent Elaine Baldwin is paid at a daily rate of $750 under a pre-cap contract due to expire next July.northjersey.com

Officials Agree, Former Superintendent Deserves High Retirement Payout
The Times-Tribune, Sept. 25
Archbald, Pa.--Recently retired Valley View School District Superintendent Joseph Daley, 60, will receive a payout of more than $300,000, much of it from accrued vacation and sick days. District officials say Daley who headed the schools for 11 years, used only 42 vacation days during his tenure. Daley’s health care, dental, vision and life insurance will be paid until age 65. There is a consensus among current school board members that the veteran of nearly four decades in Valley View schools – he began as a school guard when no teaching positions were available - deserves the high payout. thetimes-tribune.com 

Williamsville Schools Superintendent Speaks On Bullying Following Rodemeyer Death
WGRZ, Sept. 28
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.--Williamsville North High School student Jamey Rodemeyer was found dead in an apparent suicide two weeks ago. His parents say he was bullied at school by some students. Area parents charge that the Williamsville School District is not doing enough to address bullying. Superintendent Scott Martzloff defended the pace and privacy of an ‘active investigation’ in an interview with WGRZ. ‘We simply can’t just jump to conclusions and then deliver discipline. We need to make sure we do an appropriate investigation that's fair to all students that may be involved,’ he said. Parent Susan Wattle countered: ‘It's an answer a little late in the game. The response from the school board and the principal of north high school should have come much sooner in the process than it did.’ wgrz.com

Oakland School Closings Plan Takes Next Step
San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 28
OAKLAND, Calif. – Over bitter protests from parents, students and teachers, the Oakland School Board is proceeding with a plan to close five elementary schools and eliminate eight others through consolidation. After an emotional public meeting, the board sent the plan out for a month of public comment at school sites before an expected final vote in October. Superintendent Tony Smith said it would save over $2 million yearly and bring the current 101 schools for 38,000 students in line with similar districts. ‘The real reason for this is we have too many schools for the number of children we have,’ he said to a chorus of boos. But parents say the board should consider shutting district-authorized, low-performing charter schools that have drained away 8,000 children over a decade. sfgate.com

Commentary: Why We Can’t Afford to Stop Pushing Students
WKMS, Sept. 24
Paducah, Ky.-–Dr. Nancy Moore Waldrop, superintendent of McCracken County Public Schools, says that a new state law being rolled out in the next three years calls for new, more rigorous academic standards and focuses on college and career readiness. ‘Kentucky is developing a new, solid, accountability system; one held in high esteem on the national level … It may become the national model,’ says Waldrop, while warning that strong community support must be part of the move. Some will complain that ‘we cannot afford it’, she said. ‘What we cannot afford is to stop pushing … We need for you to join with the education community to understand this reform and to stay the course.' publicbroadcasting.net/wkmss

California School Superintendent Takes $800,000 Pay Cut Over Next Three Years
ABC World News, Aug. 24
NEW YORK--Fresno County, Calif., School Superintendent Larry Powell has given himself an $800,000 pay cut over the next three years. Powell, 63, will retire Aug. 31 and then be hired back to fill the remainder of his four-year term, reducing his current $250,000 annual salary to $31,020. "My wife and I are very well compensated. We've been very blessed... and these are tight budget times in California for public schools," he said. Over the last three years the county has lost $1,600 to $1,900 in funding for each of its 195,000 students. ABC

Ackerman Blames Her Departure on Political Missteps
Education Week, Aug. 24)
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.--Arlene Ackerman, who received a $900,000 buyout from Philadelphia schools, says that political miscalculations – not issues of job performance – led to her removal. "Politicians and ministers said, 'I want you to stay'," she told Education Week in an interview "But if your boss does not want to work with you, and they're willing to pay you a million to step aside ..." Ackerman charged that the School Reform Commission broke an extended five-year contract she signed in February. Education Week Blog courtesy of EdWeek.org 

Covington Named to Michigan Job
Kansas City Star, Aug. 26
Kansas City, Mo.--Kansas City Schools Superintendent John Covington has been named as chancellor of a new special school district in Michigan. An executive committee of the Michigan's Education Achievement Authority, which will run the state's lowest performing schools, unanimously approved Covington to a four-year contract. He will be paid $225,000 a year with a $175,000 signing bonus, the Detroit Free Press reported. The statewide Michigan district is to open in 2012 and take over operation of schools that are among the 5 percent that are the lowest performing in Michigan. Many are in Detroit. Kansas City Star 

Ex-Pa. Ed. Secretary Steps Down from New Post
Associated Press, Aug. 19
ALLENTOWN, Pa.--Former Pennsylvania State Education Secretary Gerald Zahorchak has resigned as superintendent of the Allentown School District after a year on the job. He did not attend the meeting at which his resignation was unanimously accepted after a year of curriculum changes and teacher layoffs. Deputy Superintendent Russ Mayo will take over for Zahorchak, who will stay on for one more year in a strategic role at his old salary. Mayo told The Morning Call of Allentown that Zahorchak resigned because the district could not afford his salary over the life of his five-year contract. AP

California Superintendent Sets Overhaul of System
Santa Cruz Sentinel, Aug. 9
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has rolled out “A Blueprint for Great Schools” plan for overhauling the state's public school system, ranked among the nation's lowest in academic achievement. The 31-page plan stresses technology and teacher excellence among its goals. No cost estimate was put forth for the ambitious plan, developed by a 59-member commission of educators and parents, and business, labor and community leaders.Santa Cruz Sentinel

DeKalb School District Names Superintendent Finalist
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aug. 13
Cheryl L.H. Atkinson , who earlier this summer had been in the running to head the Atlanta Public Schools, has instead been chosen as superintendent finalist by the DeKalb County (GA) Board of Education. The DeKalb district announced in a news release that its board will publicly vote to install Atkinson, currently superintendent of Lorain, Ohio, schools, the new superintendent following a state-mandated 14-day waiting period. Atkinson previously served in administrative positions in Kansas City, Mo.; Charlotte, and Charleston, S.C. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, where a report describing extensive test cheating in the city’s public schools came out in July, the school board has decided to have former University System of Georgia chancellor Erroll Davis continue serving as interim superintendent for a year. Huffington Post

Sieu Chosen as Next Superintendent of ABC (CA) Unified School District
Cerritos-ArtesiaPatch, Aug. 11
The ABC (CA) School Board has selected Dr. Mary Sieu to become the ABC Unified School District’s new superintendent after current Superintendent Gary Smuts' retirement on June 30, 2012. Sieu , currently deputy superintendent of the district, was elected on a unanimous 5-0 vote. Located in the southeast edge of Los Angeles County, the district includes the cities of Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens and portions of Lakewood, Long Beach, and Norwalk.Atlanta Journal Constitution

Jeff Wilson Is Sole Finalist for White County (GA) Schools Superintendent
White County News, Aug. 14
Jeff Wilson, an assistant superintendent in Anderson, S.C., is the White County Board of Education's only finalist for the job of school superintendent. The White County School Board announced the decision at a meeting Aug. 11. Wilson has been the assistant superintendent for instruction for Anderson School District Five since 2003. In 2010, he was named “District Level Administrator of the Year” by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. After a 14-day waiting period, the school board will vote on whether to officially hire Wilson at the Aug. 25 meeting.Cerritos-ArtesiaPatch

3 That Could Take the Reins in IPS Have Seen Success -- and Skeptics
The Indianapolis Star, July 24
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The state school superintendent named two for-profit companies, which, along with one nonprofit, he may use to operate six Indianapolis schools identified for state takeover. The two are EdPower and EdisonLearning. Indianapolis Superintendent Eugene White had urged the state to hold off takeover action. Indianapolis Star

Hamilton Superintendent to Work With Farm Service Agency on Waterway Project
The Daily Gate City, July 21
HAMILTON, Ill. -- Government funds will be used to help Superintendent Joe Yurko work with the Farm Service Agency on a water project to hold back flooding at the elementary school. The board also learned that the district has received “Financial Recognition” from the state board of education. Financial Recognition is “the highest category obtainable." In his letter the state superintendent wrote, "Given the economic difficulties school districts are facing, the state board realizes this is a significant accomplishment.” Daily Gate City

Charters Get $55 Million for Upkeep, Other Schools Get Zero
The Orlando Sentinel, July 25
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The governor and state legislature this year shut off funds to the Public Education Capital Outlay program that goes to the state's 3,000 public schools, while allocating $55 million to 350 charter schools. Seminole County Schools will have no new money for such projects as air conditioning repairs, roofing, plumbing, etc. "We desperately need the PECO money," Seminole Superintendent Bill Vogel said. "It is essential for maintenance of our buildings." Orlando Sentinel

MCS Board Votes To Delay Opening City Schools Indefinitely
WREG.com, July 19
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The school board voted 9-1 to delay the opening day for schools "indefinitely," due to the city council's failure to fund the schools for four years. Schools were scheduled to open August 8. Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said, "Any day after August 8th ... puts our students' further behind. I will keep trying to negotiate something with city officials." Teachers will not be paid until schools open. WREG.com

Vigo County School Board Grants Stipend
The Tribune-Star, July 12
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- For the next two years, district employees and the superintendent will all receive two-percent stipends, which will not add to their base pay; step increases will be frozen. Superintendent Dan Tanoos acknowledged that school workers “are making a lot of concessions to keep the school district solvent.” Both Tanoos and his deputy rejected 1.6 percent stipends to their salaries the past school year. Base pay for Tanoos remains at the 2009 level of approximately $135,000. Tribune-Star

'No Child' Has Schools Left Behind
The Redlands Daily Facts, July 10
REDLANDS, Calif. -- Federal officials said that if NCLB is not changed, 82 percent of the nation's schools could "fail" this year. Last year the number was 37 percent. Ontario-Montclair School District Superintendent James Hammond said, "It is my belief that the authors responsible for the legislation knew that at some point NCLB had to be revised. That time is now. Revisions need to be focused on student growth and development in all content areas." Redlands Daily Facts

Solon Schools to Stop Supporting Community Education Program
The Sun News, July 11
SOLON, Ohio -- The Community Education Program -- which offered residents a wide variety of educational and recreational activities -- can no longer be sustained, Solon School Superintendent Joseph Regano announced. He said the program "has been an important part of the Solon community for many years," and he made the decision "with sadness." Regano noted that attendance and fees had dwindled, and school district enrollment has also been on the decline. Sun News

Lakeville School Superintendent Finalists Narrowed to Five
The Pioneer Press, July 11
LAKEVILLE, Minn. -- The finalists vying for the chair of former Superintendent Gary Amoroso are: Bob Laney, assistant superintendent, St. Louis Park Schools; Scott Staska, superintendent, ROCORI District Schools in Cold Spring; Lisa Snyder, superintendent, Merrill (Wis.) Schools; Craig Fiegel, superintendent, Plymouth-Canton (Mich.) Schools; and Terrance Martin, associate superintendent, Des Moines (Iowa) Schools. Earlier this month Amoroso left to become the executive director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators. Pioneer Press

Youngest Schools Chief in Illinois? At Rossville-Alvin
The News-Gazette, July 7
ROSSVILLE, Ill. -- Her career began five years ago, when she taught special education in East Peoria. Today, at age 28, Crystal Johnson is reputedly the state's youngest superintendent, having been appointed to lead the Rossville-Alvin School District last November, when she succeeded Randy Hird. Since 2009, Johnson has worked in the district as grade school principal, athletic director and assistant superintendent. In her new role she retains the preK-8 principal position. News-Gazette

County Schools Deputy Superintendent in Running for Top Job in Atlanta
The Prince George's Gazette, June 30
UPPER MARBORO, Md. -- The two finalists for the superintendency of Atlanta (Ga.) Schools are: Prince George's deputy superintendent, Bonita Coleman-Potter; and Cheryl L. Atkinson, superintendent, Lorain City (Ohio) Schools. The person chosen to lead Atlanta will replace interim superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr., who took the temporary slot when Atlanta's 12 year veteran, Beverly L. Hall, stepped down at the end of the school year. Prince George's Gazette

School Computer Virus Cost Us $120,000
The Ridgefield Press, July 6
RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Qakbot computer virus entered the system via an infected laptop, the district's technology director said. "It acted as a beacon that constantly broadcast the virus over our networking.” In the end, it took down 13 of the district's 22 servers, leaving just nine for the rest of the year. "We can’t keep ... saying ‘Oh, yes, we can do that with nothing.’ I finally get that,” Superintendent Deb Low said, adding that virus protection will be a "district priority next year.” Ridgefield Press

Peach Residents Quiz Superintendent Finalists
The Telegraph, July 5
NEW PEACH COUNTY, Ga. -- The three finalists for Peach County Schools superintendent are: Dennis Carpenter, deputy superintendent for operations, Newton County Schools; Joe Ann Denning, director of student services, Peach County Schools ; and Christie Johnson, assistant superintendent for administration and student services, Carroll County Schools. The Telegraph

Mat-Su School Superintendent Ken Burnley Dies After Knee Surgery
The Anchorage Daily News, July 3
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Former AASA Superintendent of the Year and Mat-Su Borough (Palmer, Alaska) School District Superintendent Kenneth Burnley, 69, died July 2 of complications from knee surgery at Alaska Regional Hospital. Dr. Burnley's previous posts included Detroit, Colorado Springs and Fairbanks. He is survived by his wife, Eileen, a son and a daughter. As of this writing, funeral arrangements had not been announced. Anchorage Daily News

Local Superintendent Named to Same Position at Another District
The Springfield News-Sun, June 30
MECHANICSBURG, Ohio -- Two school agencies; one school leader. As Mechanicsburg Exempted Village School District named Dan Kaffenbarger its superintendent, it was disclosed he also will serve as superintendent at the Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center. “I’ve been in both of those worlds so I think it’s just a matter of shifting gears,” Kaffenbarger said. Each entity will give him its own separate evaluation. News-Sun

Hernando School Superintendent Blasts School Board As "Dysfunctional'
The St. Petersburg Times, July 1
BROOKSVILLE, Fla. -- "Your oversight has gone beyond oversight and into micromanaging and it's impossible for me to function as a superintendent," Hernando Superintendent Bryan Blavatt said after a contentious three-hour board meeting that focused on personnel and budget items. "All I'm asking is fire me or let me do my job," he said. St. Petersburg Times

Superintendent Search: Candidates Focus on Curriculum, Ways to Boost Achievement in Interviews
The Jackson Sun, June 30
JACKSON, Tenn. -- The candidates vying for the seat being vacated by Jackson-Madison County Schools Superintendent Nancy Zambito are: Damon Cathey, assistant superintendent, Kingsport City Schools; Craig Fiegel, outgoing superintendent, Plymouth-Canton (Mich.) Community Schools; James Browder, retired superintendent, Fort Myers (Fla.); interim Superintendent Thomas “Buddy” White, who is also director of Jackson’s operations and financial planning; Beth Wright, superintendent, Florence County (S.C.) School District, and Terrence Martin, associate superintendent, Des Moines (Iowa) Schools. Jackson Sun

Tucson Ethnic Studies Program Not Illegal, Audit Says
The Arizona Republic, June 16
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Contrary to the charge of Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, an audit has found that the Mexican American studies program operated by the Tucson United School District is not in violation of state law. Huppenthal had cited the audit as evidence of his finding, but provided no direct evidence when he made the allegation. A state senator has called for hearings. Responding to Huppenthal's` claim that teachers were uncooperative, Tucson Superintendent John Pedicone said lawyers had advised that no contact be made prior to a hearing. Arizona Republic

In Central Falls, Charter Schools Considered Great Learning Resources
The Providence Journal, June 20
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. -- While they are opposed by most local school leaders in the state, charter schools in Central Falls -- where hundreds of students are in charters -- receive cooperation from city schools' Superintendent Frances Gallo. “This district enjoys great relationships with our charters,” said Gallo. “They serve our children well … and these are all Central Falls children. I see them all as my kids.” Providence Journal

School Superintendent Pay to Come Under Scrutiny
The Hendricks County Flyer, June 16
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A study committee of the state legislature has been directed to examine the pay and benefit packages of superintendents in Indiana's 291 school districts, with an eye toward placing a cap on the educators' remuneration, based on the size of the district. Legislative leaders argue that since the state is paying a larger share of local district budgets, lawmakers should have a say over how state money is spent. ”It’s such a ridiculous concept,” said John Ellis, executive director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. “Indiana (superintendent) salaries are not out of line.” Hendricks County Flyer

Schools Predict $2.75 Million in Add-Backs
The Record-Courier, June 16
MINDEN, Nev. -- While the Douglas County School District based its budget on an expected revenue shortfall of $5.5 million, action at the state level could cut that number in half, according to Superintendent Lisa Noonan. She said the actual amounts to be sent to districts will require action by the state education department. “It's better than we planned for,” Noonan said. “But I don't think it's going to reverse everything.” Record Courier

Bennett Tells Ballard to Get in Line to Turn Around Failing Schools
The Indianapolis Star, June 9
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The mayor announced he will take control over six of the city's academically underperforming high schools and one middle school and convert them to "charter-like" schools. Soon after his announcement, the state superintendent said the state was in charge of the schools' fate. Meanwhile, Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent -- and AASA past president -- Eugene White said, "If each of those seven schools is unique with its own dynamics, we think overall the state board will understand what we are attempting to do and we won't lose all those schools," he said. A takeover would be "devastating," White added. Indianapolis Star

She Wants Her 'Job For Life back,' Beleaguered Ackerman Quips
The Philadelphia Daily News, June 9
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The local Fox station pulled a 'gotcha' on Philadelphia Superintendent Arlene Ackerman by broadcasting a private aside to another member of the School Reform Commission prior to a recent meeting. "I just want my job for life back," Ackerman is heard saying. "I want it back. Oh, Lord!" Her prior job was endowment chair at Columbia University. A district spokeswoman said Ackerman has "absolutely no intentions of leaving." Daily News

Profile: Donna Hargens -- 'Quiet' Leader Navigated North Carolina Busing Controversy
The Louisville Courier-Journal, June 8
RALEIGH, N.C. -- This article details the accomplishments of Wake County (N.C.) Public Schools’ Chief Academic Officer and former interim superintendent, Donna Hargens. She and Christine Johns, superintendent of Utica (Mich.) Community Schools are the finalists in the running to become the superintendent of Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools. Courier-Journal

Green Bay School District Superintendent Finalist Michelle Langenfeld Stresses Diverse Experience
The Green Bay Press-Gazette, June 9
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Local citizens recently quizzed one of the two finalists seeking to fill the post of retiring Superintendent Greg Maass, who is taking a similar position in Massachusetts. The finalist interviewed Wednesday was Michelle Langenfeld, assistant superintendent of the Anoka-Hennepin (Minn.) School District. The other finalist for the position is Howard-Suamico School District Superintendent Damian LaCroix. Press-Gazette

Ex-Starkville School Superintendent Couey Says She Was Treated Unfairly
The Dispatch, June 6
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Acknowledging that a "superintendent can be dismissed for any reason," former Starkville Superintendent Judy Couey said she now knows she was fired for using her school vehicle to attend a professional development trip to New Orleans in March. "You don't remove a sitting superintendent for that," Couey said. "People ask me what I did," she said, and told them she had no idea, because she had no due process. "I was told by (the school board attorney) ... that it would be a 5-0 vote," Couey said, though she later learned that was not accurate. Columbus Dispatch

Morton Leaving USD 373 for Interim Topeka Post
The Newton Kansan, June 6
NEWTON, Kan. -- Outgoing Newton Superintendent John Morton will be the new interim superintendent for the Topeka USD at a salary of $165,000. Morton will replace Dr. Kevin Singer, who has accepted the position of executive director of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania. Newton Kansan

The Five Candidates for the Dallas ISD Interim Superintendent Job
The Dallas Morning News, June 3
DALLAS, Texas -- With Superintendent Michael Hinojosa having been named the new superintendent of Cobb County (Ga.) public schools, an interim superintendent must be chosen to run the district. The five finalists for interim are: Nolan Estes, former (1968-78) Dallas superintendent; Alan King, Dallas chief financial officer; Claudia Rodriguez, Dallas chief of staff; Michael Paschall, principal, Casa View Elementary School; and Jim Scales, former Dallas administrator and current superintendent, Hamilton County (Tenn.) Department of Education. Dallas Morning News

Pottstown School Officials Refute Hylton Ads
The Mercury, June 6
POTTSTOWN, Pa. -- The school district is being lambasted by a school board member in what the paper terms, "a blitzkrieg of paid advertisements," which include paid columns, "a 38-page special section," advertorials and a "full-color two-page insert." The subject of his ire is school closures and alleged "personal agendas." Superintendent Reed Lindley said, “this administration will support any option that the board puts forward, provided that it supports quality education, is affordable to the taxpayers and is sustainable over time.” The Mercury

Districts Struggling to Find Superintendents
The Salem News, May 30
SALEM, Mass. -- Of the state's 277 superintendents, 62 are seeking retirement this year, 64 left last year and 55 in 2009. The bump in departures (formerly 25-30 in a typical year) came after enactment of the 2009 pension law, which makes post 2009 pensions dependent on salary alone, not total compensation. Among local retirees: Hamilton-Wenham Superintendent, Raleigh Buchanan; Salem Superintendent, William Cameron; and Peabody Superintendent, C. Milton Burnett. Salem News

Too Young for Kindergarten? Tide Turning Against 4-Year-Olds
The New York Times, May 27
HARTFORD, Conn. -- States that do not allow four-year-olds to enter kindergarten early may soon include Connecticut, where the cutoff date for four year-olds will be pushed back to October 1st, instead of the current January 1. A supporter of the current date, Westport Superintendent Elliott Landon said, �The earlier we get them, the better. ... If they're in need of remediation, we can do that; and if they're in need of acceleration, we can do that, too.� New York Times

Retired Supt. Will Save Kent City Money
WOOD-TV, May 26
KENT CITY, Mich. -- The office currently occupied by Kent City Superintendent Bill Smith will soon be filled by retired Kent Intermediate School District Superintendent Mike Weiler. The head of superintendent searches for the Michigan Association of School Boards, Richard Dunham, said the board's action will save the district from having to pay pension and health benefits, and, he continued, the retired Weiler can earn no more than one-third of his average pre-retirement compensation. Board president Bruce Hawley said, "I never thought we'd get somebody of his caliber," WOOD-TV

Great Meadows Regional, Allamuchy Township School Districts Likely to Hire Own Superintendents After State Rejects Shared Service
The Express-Times, May 26
WARREN COUNTY, N.J -- The state of New Jersey has refused to allow the renewal of a successful, two-year old, superintendent-sharing agreement; because Superintendent Timothy Frederiks' $174,000 salary -- even though it is not being increased -- would break the state-mandated salary cap imposed in February. Officials said the extension of the service sharing agreement would be considered a re-negotiation of Frederiks' pay. So each district will now have to hire its own superintendent for up to $135,000 in one district and up to $145,000 in the other. Express-Times

Harlandale Captures Award for Excellence
The San Antonio Express-News, May 16
AUSTIN, Texas -- The H-E-B Corporation Excellence In Education Award -- which includes $100,000 -- was presented Sunday to the Harlandale Independent School District. “This award exemplifies everything we believe in Harlandale ISD, " said Superintendent Robert Jaklich, "because it shows the commitment of the community.” The 14,000 student district has ranked high in achievement, despite its high poverty and "property-poor" status. Express-News

Finalists for Williamsville Superintendent Hail From State
The Buffalo News, May 16
EAST AMHERST, N.Y. -- Those seeking to replace retiring Williamsville Superintendent Howard Smith are: Joseph Hochreiter, superintendent, Elmira City School District; Kathleen M. Davis, superintendent, Holland Patent School District; and Scott G. Martzloff, superintendent, Byron-Bergen Central School District. The Buffalo News

Granite Falls: Superintendent Finalists Selected
The Herald, North County Update, May 12
GRANITE FALLS, Wash. -- Three school leaders have been chosen as finalists to be considered for filling the seat of retiring 33-year veteran Superintendent Karen Koschak. The three are: Karen Ernest, superintendent, Mossyrock School District; Linda Hall, student services director and special services principal, Clarkston School District; and Linda Martin, elementary school principal and superintendent, Lopez Island School District in the San Juan Islands. The Herald

Muskogee High Earns National School of Character Award
The Muskogee Phoenix, May 11
MUSKOGEE, Okla. -- Just three high schools in the nation can earn the National School of Character award for 2011, and the Muskogee High School has been the first in the state announced to receive this honor. The leader of the Muskogee Public Schools, Superintendent Mike Garde, said, “This is truly an honor of the highest order.” Criteria for receiving the honor included improved attendance, student behavior, end-of-year exams scores; as well as work with families and the community in character building. Muskogee Phoenix

Chester Community Charter Boss Eyes Plans for Pottstown
The Daily Times, May 9
POTTSTOWN, Pa. -- According to the newspaper, the district's elementary schools could be taken over by a charter school operation, as predicted by Superintendent Reed Lindley. A local state senator, who is minority chair of the state Senate's education committee and cosponsor of a charter bill that would allow the takeover, said, “There’s a lot to be determined before the superintendent can make any assumptions.” The paper reports the same company that runs Chester schools is seeking control of Pottstown's. Daily Times

In Budgetary Move, Elba Combines Principal, Superintendent Positions
The Grand Island Independent May 4
ELBA, Neb. -- In an effort to lower its budget, the Elba board offered principal Mikal Shalikow to combine his position and add the superintendency of the district. The board's president explained the shift was a money-saving move similar to the one taken a few years ago to convert to a four-day school week. Shalikow's combined position replaces part-time Superintendent Gary Klahn. Shalikow had been paid $57,650 as principal and part-time guidance counselor for the district. Klahn earned $46,000 as half-time superintendent. Grand Island Independent

Superintendent Wants to Field Trip School System to Atlanta
WALB News, May 4
ALBANY, Ga. -- In order to show his students what is possible for them and to get away from "never have done somethings" in their area, Dougherty County School Superintendent Dr. Joshua Murfree has proposed to take all 16,000 of his students to Atlanta on a field trip. "I want these young people to be exposed to as much as possible," said Murfree. "And that's going to help them. That's the key to education. That's the key to intelligence." Murfree said donations could finance the trip. WALB News

Voters Flash a Resounding 'Thumbs Up'
The New Milford Spectrum, May 4
NEW MILFORD, Conn. -- In decisive, nearly two-to-one balloting, the town approved the school budget 4,256 to 2,103. Superintendent of Schools JeanAnn Paddyfote typed, "It passed; it passed; it passed'' into her Blackberry. The town's mill rate will be increased by 9.1 percent to cover its share of the $57.2 million budget. Taxes on a typical $215,000 house will increase approximately $19 dollars this year. Spectrum

East Lyme to Install Cameras on School Buses
The Day, April 26
EAST LYME, Conn. -- In an effort to better monitor the behavior of students on school buses, Superintendent of Schools James Lombardo said the district will soon equip some of its buses with cameras. The cameras, Lombardo wrote in a letter to parents, will record only video, which will be erased within 48 hours. The Day

Forum Planned Wednesday for Onalaska Superintendent Finalists
The Courier-Life, April 28
ONALASKA, Wis. -- The finalists are: Fran Finco, director of instructional services, Onalaska School District; Jeremy Biehl, district administrator, Hustisford (Wis.) School District; and Christine Weymouth, assistant superintendent for educational services, Farmington (Minn.) Area Public Schools. Courier-Life

Local Schools React to Governor's Plan to Reinvent Schools
The Petoskey News-Review, April 28
PETOSKEY, Mich. -- The governor's education reform plan calls for publishing a statewide 'report card' that will rank districts based on test scores; and, by 2013, use academic growth to distribute a portion of state school aid as bonuses for performance. Superintendents weren't keen on rankings: "[D]ata can be spun in many different ways,” Alanson Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Liedel said. Harbor Springs Public Schools Superintendent Mark Tompkins added, “The governor seems to be looking at performance numbers as a spreadsheet, but performance is more complicated than accounting.” News-Review

For New Jersey School Budget Votes, Tempers and Tax Rises Ease
The New York Times, April 25
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The local New Jersey school budgets, which must win voter approval in each school district every year, seem less likely to be doomed this year. This is in contrast with 2010, when anti-tax prodding by the state's GOP governor resulted in a 58 percent failure rate. Saying the mood is "less dire" than 2010, Ridgewood Superintendent Daniel Fishbein added that his district's budget seeks no program or staff cuts. "But neither will it allow us to hire additional teachers to meet increases in enrollment," he said, "nor fund capital improvements at a level that we had done in the past." New York Times

York County Students Can Drop Electives to Help Save Money
The Associated Press, April 24
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- In an action she admits is "a hard pill to swallow," York County Schools Superintendent Lynn Moody suggested seniors consider dropping an elective course to help the district arrive at $6.7 million in budget cuts. Under the new policy, up to two electives may be dropped next year by seniors. "It's a move backward for education," Moody acknowledged. "When you know what it can be, it's hard to go backward. But it's real," she said. "We're really having to do this." Associated Press

Bus Ride Bills Go Nowhere
The Omaha World-Herald, April 25
OMAHA, Neb. -- As a result of inaction by state legislators, no changes will be made in methods used to transport students to and from the 11 school districts in the Learning Community open enrollment student choice program. Transportation costs in the districts average $4,300 per student. Taxi rides for one student equaled twice that amount. School leaders tried "in earnest" to find a cost-saving solution, according to Learning Community superintendents' leader Kevin Riley, superintendent of Gretna Public Schools. World-Herald

Spiro District To Offer Hebrew Scriptures/New Testament Class
The Times Record, April 24
SPIRO, Okla. -- To follow the requirements of a new state law permitting districts to teach a bible-based religion course, the Spiro district announced how it will comply. "If they go in there for religion, they need to go to church for that. I don't want them to go into it with the wrong idea," Spiro Superintendent Don Atkinson said. "It's an elective. They can either take it or not." The instructor chosen to teach the course said the law "pretty much" details how the course shall be taught. Times Record

Cleveland Schools Have 7 Semifinalists for Superintendent
The Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 24
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The seven seeking to succeed Eugene Sanders, who has retired, are: Cheryl Atkinson, superintendent, Lorain School District; Patrick Cooper, chief executive, Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation, New Orleans (La.); Christine Fowler-Mack, chief of staff, Cleveland School District; Eric Gordon, chief academic officer, Cleveland School District; Michael Munoz, chief academic officer, Des Moines (Iowa) School District; Chris Scott, superintendent, Lowell (Mass.) School District; Bernard Taylor Jr., superintendent, Grand Rapids (Mich.) School District. Plaine Dealer

Area Schools Freeze 2011-12 Wages to Prevent Salary Slashes
The News-Journal, April 11
LONGVIEW, Texas -- With the legislature pondering another $23 billion in state cuts, a number of school districts in East Texas were already working on teacher salary options for next year. Hallsville ISD Superintendent Greg Wright is one of area school leaders saying teacher pay cuts are a last resort. Gladewater Superintendent J.P. Richardson said his district may seek to freeze pay. However, he said, “We are not doing pay cuts to our teachers.” White Oak Superintendent Mike Gilbert agreed, adding, “The most drastic thing we’d consider would be a salary freeze." News-Journal

Martinez Signs Anti-Paddling Bill
The Daily Times, April 7
SANTA FE, N.M. -- The governor has signed legislation that outlaws paddling in public schools. Of the states 89 districts, 36 permit paddling, though school leaders say its use is infrequent. Alamogordo Public Schools Superintendent George Straface said his district allows corporal punishment, yet it has not been applied this year in any of his district's schools. The bill's cosponsor, Las Cruces Democratic Senator Cynthia Nava, is also superintendent of the Gadsden Independent School District, which bans corporal punishment. Daily Times

Mansfield Narrows Superintendent List
The Times Record, April 12
MANSFIELD, Ark. -- The applicants to be interviewed to fill the seat of retiring Superintendent Randy Treat are: Danny Jack Broach, former superintendent, Huttig (Union County) School District; Daniel J. Slack, superintendent, East Carter R-II (Mo.) School District; Rick Green, superintendent, Des Arc School District; Robert Ross, superintendent, Sulphur Bluff (Texas) Independent School District; and D.B. Merrill, superintendent, Hilldale (Okla.) Public Schools. Times Record

School Superintendent Search Is Narrowed to Two Candidates
The Dodge County News, April 7
EASTMAN, Ga. -- The two finalists being considered for superintendent of the Dodge County School District are: Dr. Ronald J. Busbee, vice president, Clear Concepts Consulting Group in Atlanta and Dr. Melinda M. Dennis, director, Academy for School Success and Alternative Learning Center, Wilcox County Schools. Dodge County News

One-to-One School: The Old Factory Approach to Education Makes the Case for Change
The Dallas County News, April 4
VAN METER, Iowa -- Van Meter Community Schools have "stepped through the looking glass," said Superintendent John Carver, as he explained his district's move away from assembly line teaching and into one-on-one instruction. By providing laptop computers to every middle- and high school student, Van Meter has given the pupils access to out-of-school knowledge. Adoption of one-on-one in the South Page and Sidney school districts, said Superintendent Gregg Cruickshank, gives his students "new technologies [that] allow us to connect with anybody everywhere.” Dallas County News

Public Schools Woo Foreign Students to Boost Ranks
The Associated Press, April 4
MILLINOCKET, Maine -- School districts from Maine and Washington state to California and Arkansas are seeking overseas students to bolster enrollment income and expose their students to other cultures. "Understanding other countries, I believe, is part of the future of education," said Millinocket Superintendent Ken Smith, who hopes to enroll 60 students -- at $13,000 each -- from China. Newcomb, N.Y., high school hosts tuition-paying students from Russia, France, Vietnam and Korea. "We felt like our high school was becoming too small, both socially and academically." Principal Skip Hults said. Associated Press

Lakeview Narrows Superintendent Field to Three
The Battle Creek Enquirer, March 31
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- Three candidates have been chosen by the Lakeview School Board to vie for the seat to be vacated by Interim Superintendent Karen Hart, who took the helm last summer from former Superintendent Cindy Ruble. The three are: Steve Skalka, assistant superintendent, Lakeview; Cynthia Green, assistant superintendent, Kalamazoo Public Schools; and David Peterson, superintendent, Farwell Area Schools. Battle Creek Enquirer

Jordan Selects 3 Finalists for Superintendent
The Deseret News, March 31
WEST JORDAN, Utah -- The candidates chosen for consideration to fill the seat of retiring Superintendent Barry Newbold are: Gregory Hudnall, an associate superintendent, Provo School District; Patrice Johnson, an associate superintendent, Clark County (Nevada) School District; Samuel Ray, principal, Provo High School, Provo School District. Deseret News

Fulton Superintendent: 'We Are Disassembling' What the District Has Built Up Over the Years
The Palladium Times, March 28
FULTON, N.Y. -- In an emotional budget forum, preceded by the singing of "Don't Stop the Music," by a high school women’s chorus, school board members explained the hard facts they face. As he outlined his proposal to address the $2.1 million in cuts he sees necessary, Superintendent Bill Lynch said, “All of the things that we have worked so hard over the last two decades or longer to build, we are disassembling.” Palladium Times

Cheating Fears Cast Doubt on Rhee’s Legacy in DC Public Schools
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, columnist/blogger, March 28
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The columnist challenges the glowing record put forward by those who support former D.C. chancellor, Michelle Rhee, who battled with the teachers' union and fired teachers whose student test scores did not measure up. Citing a USA Today study that pointed to score erasures in "high performing" schools, the writer suggests Rhee's record does warrant the praise she received in a state legislative hearing. Journal-Constitution

Superintendent Finalist Ready to Lead Joliet Grade Schools
The Herald-News, March 28
JOLIET, Ill. -- The two finalists for Joliet Elementary District superintendent are: Pamela Brown, assistant superintendent for academics, Philadelphia (Pa.) Public Schools; and Charles Coleman, retired superintendent, Battle Creek (Mich.) Public Schools. One would replace retiring Superintendent Phyllis Wilson. Herald-News

Pennridge Could See Loss of $2.1 million Under Proposed State Budget
The Perkasie News Herald, March 24
PERKASIE, Pa. -- The governor's budget would not only cut just basic funding, which would fall by $613,940; but also Social Security reimbursements by $355,896; charter school subsidies by $254,742; early education fund by $254,742; and special education by $135.000. “If the governor hadn’t proposed all those cuts, we would be able to not eliminate programs, not increase class sizes, and survive,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Kish. News Herald

Heartland Says 'No' to Sunday Drills
The York News-Times, March 21
HENDERSON, Neb. -- The board of Heartland Community Schools voted to maintain its policy that forbids sports teams from practicing on Sundays. Superintendent Dr. Norm Yoder said the request to allow occasional Sunday practices had been placed on the board's agenda after interest in changing the policy had been expressed. However, Yoder said, “It’s been a policy that we don’t” [use Sundays] “and that policy was affirmed.” News-Times

Alonso May Be Contender for Chicago Superintendent Post
The Baltimore Sun, March 18
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Under consideration for the Chicago superintendency are Baltimore City schools CEO Andrés Alonso, who has been negotiating for renewal of his contract, as well as: Jerry Weast, former superintendent, Montgomery County (Md.) Schools; John White, deputy chancellor for labor and innovation, New York (N.Y) Schools; and Timothy Knowles, director, University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, and former deputy superintendent, Boston (Mass.) Schools. Baltimore Sun

Panel to Discuss Civic Stadium Input
The Eugene Register-Guard, March 21
EUGENE, Ore. -- The city council has requested input on the district's request for proposals for possible development or lease of the 10-acre parcel, which the district owns and includes the historic Civic Stadium. The land contains a 73-year-old wooden grandstand, which a council member wants to preserve. Superintendent George Russell will meet with the school board chairman and vice chairwoman to discuss the district's response to the council. Register-Guard

District Will Shuffle Rail Road Students; Early Grades Sent to West Point
The Calaveras Enterprise, March 18
SAN ANDREAS, Calif. -- The two kindergarten students in the Rail Road Flat elementary school and 18 children from its first and second grades will have to be bused to West Point to equalize class sizes next year, according to a letter to parents and teachers sent by Calaveras Unified School District Superintendent Mark Campbell. “I hate that this has to happen, but we cannot viably have a kindergarten class of two students (at Rail Road Flat). hope the numbers grow.” he wrote. Calaveras Enterprise

State Bills May Affect Education Policies
The Examiner, March 13
EASTERN JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. -- Area school leaders reflect concern over actions being taken by the state legislature. Fort Osage Superintendent Mark Enderle said his prime concern is funding, but also bills that "seem to be designed to weaken our schools, and further take away a community’s previously held right to local control.” Regarding a bill that could give parents options on how schools would operate, Blue Springs Superintendent Paul Kinder said it "would be at cross purposes with our communities’ goals for education.” The Examiner

LEAP Study Aid Available for Students
The Daily News, March 14
BOGALUSA, La. -- The school district and the state education board are both encouraging parents to help prepare their students for the upcoming state tests, which will be administered March 22 and April 11-15. Bogalusa City School District Superintendent Ruth Horne said, "Research shows that almost 50 percent of a student's academic performance is influenced by his or her home and family life, so it is crucial that the education community provide families with resources to connect to their students' academic needs." Daily News

Board Chewing Over Lunch-Price Hike and Budget
The Salem News, March 24
DANVERS, Mass. -- School lunch prices will rise from $2.75 to $3.00 and milk will increase from its current five cents to 75 cents, under the lunch director's proposal, according to Superintendent Lisa Dana. The board also considered a budget that would layoff 10 staff, including two elementary teachers; and three middle school and three high school teachers. Fees would also rise for athletics and school activities. Salem News

YPSILANTI: Willow Run Gets Special Visit
The Ypsilanti Courier, March 14
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- High school Junior ROTC and social study students recently received a visit, arranged by Acting Superintendent Laura M. Lisiscki, from a representative of the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum. The visitors presented the students a document signed by several of the original Tuskegee Airmen. Ypsilanti Courier.

Consolidated Report Good News for Area Schools
The Mount Airy News, March 7
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. -- The state's consolidated report showed progress for local schools in a number of categories. Mount Airy City Schools Superintendent Dr. Darrin Hartness said, "Our staff is to be commended for their ongoing efforts to ensure that our students are safe and successful;” and Surry County Schools Superintendent Ashley Hinson added, “We will continue to work to address the needs of each individual student and to encourage our young people to stay in school.” Mount Airy News

Superintendents Oppose Quinn's School Merger Plan
The State Journal-Register, March 7
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Governor, Pat Quinn, D, has proposed Illinois trim down the number of school districts, from the current 868 districts to 300, to save up to $100 million. Superintendents across the state have objected: Edinburg School Superintendent Lynda Irvin said, “We feel very strongly about local people having input in the decision-making;” Superintendent Lynn Carter of Virginia agreed on local control, “I think that’s the most positive way to approach this very emotional issue.” Journal-Register

Newsmaker: McCune Reflects on Her Tenure Here
The Desert Sun, March 7
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Columnist interviews Superintendent Lorri McCune, who is retiring after five years of service to the school district. Previous positions included assistant superintendent at Newport Mesa Unified in Orange County. This article notes that McCune's husband, Cameron McCune, had been superintendent of the Fullerton Unified School District, from which he retired four years ago. Desert Sun

School Board Moves Closer to Superintendent Selection
The Ann Arbor Journal, March 7
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The board will interview finalists Patricia Green, superintendent, North Allegheny (Pa.) Schools; and Michael Munoz, Chief Academic Officer, Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools. A district in Virginia hired the board's third finalist, Shelley Redinger, superintendent of Oregon Trails (Ore.) Schools. Ann Arbor Journal

Cuomo Aims to Cap School Bosses' Pay
The Associated Press, Feb. 28
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Under a proposal the governor intends to offer the legislature, pay for superintendents would be capped, based on district enrollment. The "smallest rural districts" could pay their superintendents no more than $125,000. School leaders in the largest districts could expect no more than $175,000. The caps would take affect when current contracts expire. While the governor's proposal is similar to one set in New Jersey, the New York plan would permit local overrides to retain or attract superintendents. "There aren't a lot of people going into those jobs right now," said Robert Reidy of the Council of School Superintendents. Associated Press

Deal Taps Education Standouts to Serve As Advisers
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Feb. 27
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The state's governor has appointed 13 superintendents to his Education Advisory Board. They are: Susan Andrews, Superintendent, Muscogee County Schools; Matt Arthur, Superintendent, Rabun County Schools; Dr. Gayland Cooper, Superintendent, Rome City; Dr. Edmond T. “Ed” Heatley, Superintendent, Clayton County; Beauford Hicks, Superintendent, Mitchell County; Dr. Molly Howard, Superintendent, Jefferson County; Sam King, Superintendent, Rockdale County; Dr. Emily Lembeck, Superintendent, Marietta City; Leonard R. McCoy, Superintendent, Colquitt County; Dr. Gordon Pritz, Superintendent, Douglas County; Tim Ragan, Superintendent, Echols County; Paul Shaw, Superintendent, White County; J. Alvin Wilbanks, Superintendent, Gwinnett County. Journal-Constitution

Johnson Recognized at State Wrestling
The Elgin Echo, Feb. 22
ELGIN, Iowa -- On Saturday, at the Iowa High School Athletic Association's State Wrestling finals, the Association presented its “Media Award winner for Excellence” to West Central Principal and Superintendent John Johnson. For 22 years Johnson has given his volunteer time to photograph and write about prep wrestling. In addition he has received national awards for his coverage of national prep wrestling championships. Elgin Echo

Kiowa Superintendent Honored With Award
The Elbert County News, Feb. 17
KIOWA, Colo. -- The Colorado Legacy Foundation recently honored the superintendent of the Kiowa School District for his ability marshal limited resources to help students meet their achievement goals. The Innovative Use of Resources to Meet Student Needs award went to Superintendent Lance Luitjens, who received the accolade at the Legacy Luncheon and Commissioner’s Choice Awards. He told the assembled audience that the award “is equivalent to winning a state championship athletically.” Elbert County News

Superintendent Salary Caps Quickly Result in Big Savings
The Daily Journal, Feb. 21
TRENTON, N.J. -- The governor's cap on salaries paid to local school superintendents may save up to $10 million, statewide. This lid means the replacement for retiring Superintendent David Campbell -- who earns $287,000 -- can expect no more than $177,000; with a possible performance bonus. While Campbell's board president claimed no effect on the "number and quality" of applicants seeking his seat, the New Jersey Association of School Administrators said potential candidates will now apply for work in other states. Daily Journal

Eugene School Board Chooses Three Finalists for Superintendent
The Register-Guard, Feb. 17
EUGENE, Ore. -- Three finalists have been selected for further consideration to fill the seat now occupied by outgoing Superintendent George Russell. The finalists are: Darlene Schottle, superintendent, Kalispell (Mont.) Public Schools; Sheldon Berman, superintendent, Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools; and Michael Munoz, chief academic officer, Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools. The Register-Guard

Special Fund Enhances Education
The FenceViewer, Feb. 17
BAR HARBOR, Maine -- The former chairman of the Mount Desert Union 98 school board has, for eight years, awarded $214,000 to district schools for projects not possible without additional funds, Superintendent Rob Liebow told the board last week. Recently, her Mount Desert Island Educational Enhancement Fund helped the district attain a clinical social worker position for next year. The FenceViewer

Final Two Interviews for Superintendent Position Held
The Daily Iowegian, Feb. 17
CENTERVILLE, Iowa -- The two finalists for superintendent of the Centerville School District are: Matt Adams, elementary school principal, Ankeny School District; and Art Pixler, superintendent, Sentral School District in Fenton. Pixler is also principal of the North Sentral Kossuth Middle School. Daily Iowegian

Aid Cuts Have Texas Schools Scrambling
The New York Times, Feb. 15
HUTTO, Texas -- Despite his plans for school bus and website advertising placements, Hutto
Superintendent Douglas Killian says he still must cut 10 percent of district staff and close a relatively new school. Some $4.8 billion in statewide aid cuts are on track from the Texas GOP legislature and governor, who boast they will use none of the state's $9.4 billion reserve for schools, cap property taxes and send nothing for exploding school enrollments. New York Times

School Board To Hire Superintendent Tuesday
The Franklin County Times, Feb. 14
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. -- The persons interviewed to fill the post of retiring Superintendent Don Cox are Russellville administrative assistant Rex Mayfield and Tishomingo County, Miss., High School principal Dr. Eddie Britton. Franklin County Times

‘Nothing Is Safe’
The Morning Times, Feb. 9
ATHENS, Pa. -- In the face of a state subsidy loss of $1 million, School Superintendent Doug Ulkins said the district must "start the unpleasant conversation about how we can reduce expenditures." Districts across the state will be impacted by the cuts. “We do not have a significant fund balance,” he said. “It is OK, but it is nothing that we can dip into. If we dip into it, that’s it this year.” Morning Times

School Superintendent Discusses Pros of Prevention Officer With Commission
The Pocahontas Times, Feb. 10
MARLINTON, W.Va. -- The president of the county commission said his body will consider the request by Pocahontas County School superintendent C.C. Lester for funds to hire a school-based Prevention Resources Officer. “It’s not that we need a policeman at the school to control the school, that’s not what it’s about,” Lester said. “It’s just a prevention resource officer. They visit classes and talk about drug and alcohol issues.” Pocahontas Times

Cuomo, Pushing School Cuts, Offers a Target: Superintendent Salaries
The New York Times, Feb. 6
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The governor blasted school superintendents' salaries, as he announced his budget decision to slash school allocations by $2.8 billion. Sarcastically singling out one superintendent's $386,868 annual pay, Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was better than his $179,000 paycheck, chortling,, “I applied for that job.” New York State Council of School Superintendents Deputy Director Robert N. Lowry Jr. retorted, [D]ifficult times ... ultimately require strong leadership,” adding, “Superintendents are trying to provide that leadership, and in many districts, they have passed up raises or made other concessions.” New York Times

Schools Find Stricter Rules, Uniforms Can Lessen Bullying
The Record, Feb. 8
HACKENSACK, N.J. -- School dress codes -- limited styles, specific colors -- were initially adopted in North New Jersey schools to instill pride, provide a measure of discipline and end bullying. School leaders also see the codes keep out gangs. "My main responsibility is to ensure safety,” Lodi Superintendent Frank Quatrone said. "When you have students dressed alike, you make them safer. If someone were to come into a building, the intruder could easily be recognized." The Record

Daniel Boone’s Round 1 Cuts $2.8 million
The Southern Berks News, Feb. 3
BIRDSBORO, Pa. -- With the Daniel Book School District facing a budget shortfall of $6.9 million, Superintendent Dr. Gary L. Otto offered his initial list of program and staff cuts to the board, starting with seven kindergarten positions and 50 of the district's 89 aides. He noted that more than $3 million had been cut from this year's budget. "All of that came with a lot of pain and suffering including 14 demotions and laid off clerical staff,” said Otto. “Last year it was stuff before staff, but there’s not a lot of stuff left." Southern Berks News

Luna Bill: Anyone With a Bachelor’s Degree Could Be District Superintendent
The Associated Press, Feb. 4
BOISE, Idaho -- The state superintendent of education has asked the legislature to remove academic and school service performance from local superintendent job requirements and instead open the positions to persons simply over age 25 with a bachelor's degree. “This will give local school boards the flexibility to hire the individual they deem the right person for the job, whether it's a former teacher, a CEO of a company, an individual with an MBA or another qualified candidate,” said the State Superintendent Tom Luna, who held an online B.A. and was president of a truck scale company when elected to his post. “A pilot does not run United Airlines,” he said. Associated Press

Severe Cuts Expected for Florida School Districts Unless Shortfall Is Filled, Officials Say
The Miami Herald, Jan. 31
MIAMI, Fla. -- The district faces "draconian cuts," Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said, if the state reduces its aid and the federal stimulus funds are not renewed. Last year the state cut Miami-Dade’s allocation by $121 million, the same amount sent to the district by Washington. Broward superintendent James Notter, also sees possible staff and program reductions in his district. Miami Herald

WB-RC Superintendent Candidates Take the Hot Seat
The Ogemaw County Herald, Jan. 29
WEST BRANCH, Mich. -- The four finalists vying for the seat of retiring Superintendent Dave Marston were interviewed by the board in public session. Questioned were: William Grusecki, superintendent and principal, Arenac Eastern School District; Darren Kroczaleski, Superintendent, Pinconning Area Schools; Karl Heidrich, high school principal, Stockbridge Community Schools; and Daniel Cwayna, elementary principal, Mona Shores Public Schools. The Herald

Superintendent: School Staff Aced Lockdown
The Daily Item, Jan. 26
DANVILLE, Pa. -- The principal of the district's elementary school made appropriate use of the district's "Global Connect" notification system during a 911 police incident near the school, Danville Area School District Superintendent David Price told the school board. Price said the principal did "a great job," when he used the electronic tool to tell parents of the lockdown and to let them know when the lockdown had safely ended. The Daily Item

Littleton Starts Superintendent Interviews
The Lowell Sun, Jan. 27
LITTLETON, Mass. -- The candidates are: Frederick Randall, headmaster of Dover-Sherborn Middle School in Dover, Paul Schlichtman, district coordinator for research, testing and assessment, Lowell Public Schools; Kelly Clenchy, superintendent of schools, Regional School Unit No. 26, Maine; and Susan Nicholson, assistant superintendent, Andover Public Schools. Lowell Sun

Weymouth Town Council Assists Attempt to Remove Asbestos
The Weymouth News, Jan. 14
WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- The town council voted unanimously to support the request -- made by Superintendent of Schools Mary Jo Livingstone -- that it will file a “statement of interest” to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for funds to remove asbestos from an outside wall at the middle school. Weymouth News

AISD Eyes Furloughs to Ease Economic Pressures
The Cleburne Times-Review, Jan. 23
ALVARADO, Texas -- School finance reform, controversial in the best of times, is being proposed by legislators. "I think it's outrageous," Superintendent Chester Juroska said. While he knows his district is in better condition than many others, Juroska recoils from suggestions in Austin that districts fire staff as part of the reform. A ten-day furlough is among solutions discussed. Juroska said, “The people close to retirement age, that’s going to cost them the rest of their lives. ... Younger people will be able to make it up but not the ones three or four years from retiring." Times-Review

Superintendent's Notebook: When Losing Means Winning
The Forecaster, Jan. 24
PORTLAND, Maine -- In his monthly column to the community, Portland Superintendent James C. Morse Sr. notes that some failures lead to success, and describes how the district moved on after the stinging loss of a federal Innovation grant, to win a Nellie Mae Education Foundation grant of $200,000 that will enable the school system to "change our ... high schools so that they do a better job of reaching all students and helping them achieve their potential." -- Morse can be reached at morsej@portlandschools.org. The Forecaster

School Boards to Sue AG
The Tulsa World, Jan. 25
TULSA, Okla. -- The state's new voucher for children with special needs has been challenged by four districts in the region. The Attorney General had threatened to sue the school board members for noncompliance with the law prior to this filing. While presented as private "scholarships" for children most in need, the law was written to initiate vouchers, Union Superintendent Cathy Burden said. "Vouchers that siphon off financial resources, parent support and specific student talents," said Burden, "threaten the American ideal of public education and is therefore one of the major civil rights issues of our time." Tulsa World

GOP Bill Would Lift Mandates on Ohio Schools
The Columbus Dispatch, Jan. 15
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- House Republican leaders are readying a bill to repeal Ohio's full-day kindergarten mandate. In addition, the legislation would permit districts to continue charging parents for full day kindergarten. According to this article, school districts have been asking that they be able to bill parents, if a mandate is not funded by the state. "We have been pounding our legislators to do something," said Worthington Superintendent Melissa Conrath. Columbus Dispatch

Daniel Boone School Board to Take Vote on Kindergarten
The Southern Berks News, Jan. 18
BIRDSBORO, Pa. -- The Daniel Boone School District has been given permission to cut its full day kindergarten to a half-day program, according to Superintendent Dr. Gary L. Otto. Seven kindergarten teachers may be furloughed, if the proposal -- which would cut $420,000 to $450,000 from the budget -- is approved. The total district deficit is $6.7 million. Southern Berks News

Gibson Board Selects Finalists
The Jackson Sun, Jan. 5
JACKSON, Tenn. -- Two local candidates are the finalists from whom the Gibson County Special School District Board will choose the successor to departing Superintendent Robert Galloway. The two are: Gibson County High School principal Eddie Pruett and assistant principal Jim Hughes. Jackson Sun

UFR District Eyes Sharing Services With Millstone, Roosevelt
The Messenger-Press, Jan. 12
ALLENTOWN, N.J. -- The Upper Freehold Regional district -- in an effort to fill a $2 million budget gap -- may share some of its services with the Millstone and/or Roosevelt districts under a developing proposal disclosed by Superintendent Richard Fitzpatrick. The Roosevelt district has just 90 students and would like to share administrative, curriculum support, staff development, business office and school media services. Its grade 7-12 students attend school in the East Windsor Regional district. Millstone's grade 9-12 students attend Allentown High School. Messenger-Press

Ex-Vegas School Chief Proud No Teachers Laid Off
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jan. 9
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- While his 310,000-student district lost $385 million in revenue over three years, departing Las Vegas Superintendent Walt Ruffles said was "desperately concerned" that he would have to lay off teachers. "We lost a lot of positions," said Ruffles, "but we absorbed our existing employees into other positions that were vacant." Review-Journal

Pendergast Elementary School District Mulls Combining Schools Into 1 Campus
The Arizona Republic, Jan. 10
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- In 2004 the Westwind district split into two campuses to accommodate a 1,700 enrollment increased enrollment. Now, because of a 13 percent drop in student population, the Westwind may need to close one of the primary or intermediate campuses. Superintendent Ron Richards said, "We're looking at being proactive and how we can be more effective and streamline our operation." Arizona Republic

Minneapolis Students' Credits Hang in the Balance
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Jan. 9
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Students enrolled in the Broadway High School pregnant and parenting program could lose credits, because the program coordinator and a special assignment teacher taught courses for which they were not licensed, an NCLB violation. The decision on the credits rests with Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson. Star-Tribune

Cape High, Tech Students Debate School Choice
The CapeGazette.com, Jan. 6
REHOBOTH, Del. -- The Cape Hemlopen school board has created a controversy by passing a resolution accusing the Sussex Technical School District of selectively recruiting students for its program, a charge denied by Sussex Tech Superintendent A.J. Lathbury, who said his graduates are prepared for colleges or careers. Defense of the school and its program came in the form of letters and videos from graduates, one of whom said he was admitted, despite low grades, and was able to start his own business with the knowledge he gained at the school. CapeGazette.com