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Anthony P. Cavanna
After 34 years in K-12 education, Anthony Cavanna has moved to the newly merged American Institutes for Research and New American Schools in Washington, D.C., as principal research scientist and vice president for education systems design. He served as superintendent in three districts: Rahway, N.J., Fort Lee, N.J., and Plainview-Old Bethpage, N.Y. Earlier Cavanna was deputy superintendent in New York City. He holds a doctorate in urban education, leadership and policy from Fordham University.

Frieda K. Lacey
Making the move from chief of staff to deputy superintendent of the Montgomery County, Md., Public Schools is Frieda Lacey, who joined the system 33 years ago as a special education teacher. Lacey’s climb up the leadership ladder included posts as director of equity assurance, supervisor of special education and principal of the McKenney Hills Learning Center. Most recently she spent two years as executive assistant to the superintendent. Lacey holds a doctorate in special education from George Washington University.

Vickie L Markavitch
Vickie Markavitch has become just the sixth superintendent in the 63-year history of the 228,000-student Oakland Intermediate School District in Waterford, Mich. She spent the last six years as superintendent of the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. in Mishawaka, Ind., and earlier Markavitch served as superintendent of Niles Township District 219 and Skokie School District 73½ , both in Skokie, Ill. She received her doctorate in educational administration
in 1991 from Michigan State University.

Stuart Silberman
The Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, Ky., have a new superintendent in Stu Silberman. He spent the previous nine years as superintendent of the Daviess County Public Schools in Owensboro, Ky. Silberman earlier served more than two decades in the Chattanooga, Tenn., Public Schools, where he was deputy superintendent for resource management and a junior high principal. He twice was named state superintendent of the year in Kentucky.

Sidelight

Among his fellow Rotarians Robert McKanna is known as “the Palatine organ man.” Over his 30-year hobby, the superintendent in Palatine, Ill., has restored 15 of the instruments, some dating back to the late 19th century, with another 10 awaiting restoration. He is shown here with a newer model that accompanies him to school fairs where kids can crank up the music. His collection included a pump organ with a player piano-like feature, a coin-operated nickelodeon and a mammoth merry-go-round organ that required McKanna to build a circus wagon to carry it to parades.

Transitions

Appointments

Blake Bass, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Coweta County Schools, Newnan, Ga.

Paul Beilfuss, from superintendent, Wayzata, Minn., to superintendent, DeKalb, Ill.

Marcia Bishop, from superintendent, Holland, Mich., to associate director, Van Andel Education Institute, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Katherine Bryant, from principal, Windsor Elementary, Windsor, Ill., to superintendent, East Dubuque, Ill.

Carol A. Hansen, from superintendent, Albion, Mich., to superintendent, Central Community School District, DeWitt, Iowa

James Hayes, from acting superintendent to superintendent, Beverly, Mass.

Tom Narak, from superintendent, Indianola, Iowa, to superintendent, West Des Moines, Iowa

John A. Roach, from superintendent, Charter Oak Unified Schools, Covina, Calif., to superintendent, Carlsbad, Calif.

Edward Toman, from superintendent, Wirt County, W.Va., to superintendent, Gilmer County, W.Va.

James Veitenheimer, from superintendent, Canyon, Texas, to superintendent, Keller, Texas

David Verducci, from superintendent, Fairview Public Schools, Upper Saddle River, N.J., to superintendent, River Vale, N.J.

Retirements

Reggie Barnes, superintendent, Cleveland, Miss.

Yvonne Katz, superintendent, Spring Branch Independent School District, Houston, Texas

Jack Keegan, superintendent, Sioux Falls, S.D.

James Murphy, executive director, New Jersey Association of School Administrators, Trenton, N.J.

Dan Roe, superintendent, Central Community School District, DeWitt, Iowa

Sam Sentelle, superintendent, Putnam County, W.Va.

Kay Stripling, superintendent, Houston, Texas

Honors

Winston C. Brooks, superintendent, Wichita, Kan., received the 2004 Bob Grossman Leadership in School Communications Award, National School Public Relations Association

Hirsch Lazaar Silverman, professor emeritus, College of Education, Seton Hall University, was inducted to the Intertel Hall of Fame, Society of the Intellectually Gifted, Tulsa, Okla.

Deaths

Lon Hoffman, 46, superintendent, Fremont County School District 14, Ethete, Wyo., Aug. 13

Tom Lasek, 58, superintendent, Kings County, Calif., April 19

Joyce Sellers, 54, retired superintendent, Tuscaloosa County, Ala., July 26