People

Cheryl L. Atkinson
A year after assuming the deputy superintend-ency in Kansas City, Mo., Cheryl Atkinson has accepted the superintendent’s job with the Lorain, Ohio, City Schools, the 12th school district in which she has worked since 1982. Previously she spent three years in the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools in North Carolina as a regional superintendent and associate superintendent. She held the latter title in Charleston County, S.C., and other central-office administrative posts in Rockdale County, Ga. Atkinson earned her doctorate in educational administration from Virginia Tech.

Mark Hatchell
After a six-year stint as superintendent of the Widefield School District 3 in Colorado Springs, Colo., Mark Hatchell has taken over the top berth of the Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs, Colo. He spent 13 years in Widefield, serving as high school principal and assistant superintendent before taking the superintendency. As a teacher at Thornton High School near Denver, he coached two sports. Hatchell earned a doctorate at the University of Colorado at Boulder/Denver.

Martin J. Hudacs
The 3,950-student Solanco School District in Quarryville, Pa., has appointed a new superintendent in Martin Hudacs. He served as assistant superintendent in Solanco since October 2003. Between 1994 and 2003, Hudacs worked as an administrator at Avon Grove High School in Chester County, Pa., first as assistant principal and subsequently as principal. Earlier he taught English in Bradford County, Pa. Hudacs received a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Delaware in 1996.

Karen L. Mantia
A veteran superintendent, Karen Mantia has moved into the top post of the 10,500-student Pickerington, Ohio, School District. Her previous superintendent appointments were in the Piqua City School District, where she spent nine months, and the Sycamore Community Schools, where she served six years. Both are in the Buckeye State. Mantia earlier worked as an assistant superintendent, curriculum director and assistant principal in the Northmont City Schools in Englewood, Ohio. She earned a doctor of education degree in educational leadership at the University of Sarasota.

Marc R. Space
After 15 years of service in New Mexico school systems, Marc Space is returning to his home state of New York. He’s assumed the superintend-ency of the Putnam Valley Central School District in Putnam Valley, N.Y., following a five-year stint in the top position in Taos, N.M. Space earlier worked in New York for more than 12 years, including a half dozen years as director of special programs in Windsor in the state’s Southern Tier. He holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of New Mexico.

Maynard Suffredini Jr.
A professional educator for 38 years, Maynard Suffredini has moved into the top administrative spot in the Somers, Conn., Public Schools. He spent most of his career in eastern Massachusetts, including stints as superintendent in Holbrook, Mass., and Wakefield, Mass., his most recent posting. Suffredini earlier spent time as a high school principal in both Burlington, Mass., and Franklin, Mass. His career started in biology teaching and coaching of track and football. He holds a doctoral degree in educational administration and supervision from Boston College. 

TRANSITIONS
APPOINTMENTS

Rita Bishop, from superintendent, Lancaster, Pa., to superintendent, Roanoke, Va.

Alton Frailey, from superintendent, DeSoto, Texas, to Katy, Texas

Barry J. Galasso, from executive director, New Jersey Association of School Administrators, to executive director, Bucks County Intermediate Unit 22, Doylestown, Pa.

Michael Gorman, from superintendent, Glassboro, N.J., to superintendent, Pemberton Township, N.J.

Brian Maher, from superintendent, Centennial School District, Utica, Neb., to superintendent, Kearney, Neb.

Gary Niehaus, from superintendent, Charleston, Ill., to superintendent, McLean County Unit District 5, Normal, Ill.

John Q. Porter, from deputy superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Md., to superintendent, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Donald Schlomann, from superintendent, Belvidere, Ill., to superintendent, St. Charles, Ill.

Thomas L. Seidenberger, from superintendent, Brick Township, N.J., to superintendent, East Penn School District, Emmaus, Pa.

Philip Streifer, from associate professor of education leadership, University of Connecticut, to superintendent, Bristol, Conn.

Roberto Villa, from principal, Mountain View School District, El Monte, Calif., to superintendent, Eastside Union School District, Lancaster, Calif.

Dale A. Wilson, from acting superintendent to superintendent, Wallingford, Conn.

RETIREMENTS
Terrance Brewer, superintendent, East Greenbush, N.Y.

Michael Carmean, superintendent, Washington Local School District, Toledo, Ohio

Alan Chapman, superintendent, McLean County Unit District 5, Normal, Ill.

Robert DeFilippo, superintendent, Depew, N.Y.

Bruce Levin, superintendent, Lake George, N.Y.

John Polomano, superintendent, Bordentown, N.J.

James Ritchie, dean, School of Education and Professional Studies, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Conn.

Jerry Williams, superintendent, Rochester, Minn.

DEATHS
Alida Begina,
56, superintendent, Hamden, Conn., April 19

Hugh Kinney, 53, superintendent, Pattonville, Ill., June 27

Roberta S. Ohotnicky, 56, superintendent, Region 7, Winsted, Conn., April 12

Arthur Pharr, 67, retired superintendent, Emerson, Ark., April 30