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Eric J. Becoats
The Durham, N.C., Public Schools has a new superintendent in Eric Becoats. A lifelong North Carolina educator, he spent the past five years in the Guilford, N.C., County Schools, starting as an instructional team leader and ending as the district’s chief administrative officer. He also worked in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., schools for seven years, serving as executive director, chief officer of demographics and planning, and assistant superintendent. An AASA member since 2006, Becoats earned a doctorate in education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Sally A. Keating

An AASA member since 2005, Sally Keating recently became the superintendent of the Lisbon, Conn., Central School District. Keating had served since 2002 as the assistant superintendent for administrative services in Groton, Conn. Previously she filled elementary school principalships in East Hampton, Groton and Gales Ferry, all in Connecticut. Keating began as a special education teacher in Waterford, Conn., and continued in special education in Hartford, Preston and New London, Conn. She served as an adjunct faculty member at two area universities.


Hector Montenegro

After consulting for several companies and national publishers, Hector Montenegro has returned to the superintendency as an area superintendent in the 130,000-student San Diego, Calif., Unified School District. Montenegro earlier was superintendent in San Marcos, Texas, for 12 years, and deputy superintendent in Dallas for two years. He also was an area superintendent in Austin, Texas. An AASA member since 1996, Montenegro holds an Ed.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and is the past president of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.


Myrna Rivera Coté
Following three years in the top leadership post in Culver City, Calif., Myrna Rivera Coté has assumed the superintend-ency of the El Rancho Unified School District in Pico Rivera, Calif. Coté served as superintendent of Local District 8 in the Los Angeles Unified School District and superintendent of Alhambra City and High School Districts in Alhambra, Calif. She worked for 27 years in Long Beach, Calif., as a teacher, principal, area superinten-dent and deputy superintendent. An AASA member since 2007, Coté holds a doctorate from University of Southern California.

SIDELIGHT
It’s rare for a superintendent to continue as a varsity coach, but Donald Bailey, an AASA member since 2004, has succeeded at both over the long term. This fall he’s entered his 10th year as superintendent of the Forest Hill School District and 37th year as head varsity football coach at Forest Hills High School in Sidman, Pa. With a 303-83-8 record, Bailey was inducted in June into the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. “Being in the central office, you tend to lose touch with the students. But being the football coach keeps me in touch with not just the players, but also the band members, cheerleaders and other athletes as well,” says Bailey, a former footballer himself at Forest Hills.


TRANSITIONS

APPOINTMENTS

Dana T. Bedden, from superintendent, Richmond County Schools, Augusta, Ga., to superintendent, Irving, Texas

Kevin S. Boys, from superintendent, Loveland, Ohio, to president, Southern State Community College, Hillsboro, Ohio

James A. Crisfield, from superintendent, Warren Township Schools, Warren, N.J., to superintendent, Millburn Township Schools, Millburn, N.J.

Judith A. Harvey, from superintendent, RSU 36/School Administrative District 36, Livermore Falls, Maine, to superintendent, Five Town Community School District, Hope, Maine

Mary Herrmann, from superintendent, Winnetka, Ill., to superintendent, Clayton, Mo.

Rick Jacobson, from superintendent, Wyndmere, N.D., to superintendent, Wahpeton, N.D.

Joseph Mastrocola, from assistant superintendent, Peabody, Mass., to superintendent, Groton-Dunstable Regional Schools, Groton, Mass.

Timothy M. Mitchell, from superintendent, Chamberlain, S.D., to superintendent, Rapid City, S.D.

Thomas W.D. Smith, from superintendent, Fluvanna County Schools, Palmyra, Va., to legislative liaison, Virginia Association of School Superintendents

Mark J. Stock, from assistant professor of educational leadership, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo., to superintendent, Laramie County School District 1, Cheyenne, Wyo.

RETIREMENTS

Candis R. Donicht, superintendent, Moscow, Idaho

Mark S. Eastman, superintendent, Maine School Administrative District 17, Oxford, Maine

Thomas D. Engler, superintendent, Yorkville, Ill.

Mary A. Francis, executive director, Alaska Council of School Administrators, Juneau, Alaska

Craig H. Larson, superintendent, Rockwood School District, Eureka, Mo.

Stephen F. Ronnenkamp, superintendent, Granite School District, Salt Lake City, Utah

Peter M. Wharton, superintendent, Rapid City, S.D.

DEATHS

Martin G. Atkins, 87, retired superintendent, Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District, Bridgeport, Mich., April 10

Tom Gilstad, 63, retired superintendent, Bullock Creek School District, Midland, Mich., April 24

Howard F. Kelley, 79, retired CEO, American School for the Deaf, West Hartford, Conn., Feb. 28

Walter G. Turner, 83, founding director, American Association of Educational Service Agencies, and retired associate executive director, AASA, July 4