People

John D. Currie
Minnesota’s fourth-largest school system, District 196 in Rosemount, has welcomed a new superintendent in John Currie. He has spent the entirety of his 30-year career in the state, including the last eight in Rosemount. He served as a middle school principal, director of human resources and director of secondary education, overseeing 11 middle schools and high schools. A native of southern Minnesota, Currie spent the first 20 years of his career in Waseca, Minn., teaching science and math and coordinating staff development.

Marcia A. Lukon
The Berlin-Boylston Regional School District and Union 60 in Boylston, Mass., recently appointed Marcia Lukon as superintendent. She moved to the regional district from the Norfolk, Mass., Public Schools where she had served as superintendent for nearly four years. Lukon previously worked as director of curriculum in Westford, Mass., and as principal of elementary schools in Plainville and Stafford, Conn. She holds a doctorate in educational administration from University of Connecticut.

Prater L. Powell
After spending 35 years in the Coffee County, Tenn., schools in various roles, Prater Powell has moved into the superintendency in Manchester, Tenn. Powell started in Coffee County as a physical education teacher in 1968 before serving as an elementary school principal, supervisor of instruction and assistant superintendent. Powell is a past president of the Tennessee Association of School Personnel Administrators. He has a doctorate from Middle Tennessee State University.

William H. Vogel
After 6½ years as superintendent in St. Lucie County, Fla., during which time he was named state superintendent of the year, Bill Vogel has moved into the top berth of the Seminole County, Fla., system. Previous to his St. Lucie superintendency, Vogel worked for 22 years in Osceola County, Fla., as deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent for personnel, professional development and administrative services and director of student services. He holds a doctorate from Florida Atlantic University.

Sidelight
Wearing his glimmering, rhinestone-studded outfit, Ed Grisham cuts a mighty entertaining Elvis impersonation for school district awards programs, Rotary Club gatherings and charitable events in and around McDuffie County, Ga., where he’s the superintendent. Grisham, 57, grew up in New Albany, Miss., just 18 miles from Elvis’ birthplace so he feels a certain kinship. “I was a high school principal before I was a superintendent and we routinely did a talent show,” he says. “At one of them I did the impersonation. The kids went nuts and I ’ve been doing them ever since.”

Transitions

Appointments

Sam Atwood, from interim superintendent to superintendent, Shiner, Texas

 

Veronica C. Garcia, from executive director, New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators, to New Mexico secretary of education

Carmine Giangreco, from superintendent, Greenwood Lake, N.Y., to superintendent, Schoharie, N.Y.

Coral M. Grout, from assistant superintendent, Athol-Royalston Regional District, Athol, Mass., to superintendent, Acushnet Public Schools, Winchendon, Mass.

Thomas J. Markle, from superintendent, Springville-Griffith Institute Central Schools, Springville, N.Y., to superintendent, Lancaster, N.Y.

Rita Mattus, from district principal for academic intervention, East Meadow School District, Hempstead, N.Y., to superintendent, Oyster Pond Unified Schools, Orient, N.Y.

Chris Rademacher, from superintendent, Alexis, Ill, to superintendent, Polo, Ill.

Don Rappold, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Lewiston Porter Central Schools, Youngstown, N.Y.

David Sherbine, from superintendent, Clarendon District 3, Turbeville, S.C., to superintendent, Marlboro County, S.C.

Ronald D. Valenti, from superintendent, Valley Stream, N.Y., to superintendent, Blind Brook-Rye Unified Schools, Rye Brook, N.Y.

Retirements

James J. Fallon Jr., superintendent, East Hartford, Conn.

Bill Fort, superintendent, Royse City, Texas

Martin Hanley, superintendent, Carver, Mass.

Vernon Hobbs, superintendent, Holley, N.Y.

James Irby, superintendent, Athens, Ala.

Kathleen Koehnen, superintendent, Fisher’s Island, N.Y.

Gail McKinzie, superintendent, Indian Prairie School District, Naperville, Ill.

Bobby Neighbors, superintendent, Jefferson County, Ala.

Larry Pitts, superintendent, Perkins Local School District, Sandusky, Ohio

Geraldine Shepperson, superintendent, Hazelton, Pa.

Mark C. Smith, superintendent, Framingham, Mass.

Honors

L. Curtis Culwell, superintendent, Garland, Texas, awarded Bob Grossman Leadership in School Communications Award by National School Public Relations Association

Gloria Griffin, superintendent, Millwood Public Schools, Oklahoma City, Okla., elected to National Federation of State High School Associations board of directors

Franklin B. Walters, professor, Ohio State University, named William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor in Educational Administration