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Al Hambrick
Al Hambrick, who joined the Sherman, Texas, Independent School District as a math intern in 1979, has been named the district’s superintendent. He taught and coached football and basketball for 11 years before becoming an assistant middle school principal in 1990. He also served as a principal of Terrell Middle School and Sherman High School. Hambrick spent three years as assistant superintendent of administration, curriculum and instruction and several months as interim superintendent. He earned an Ed.D. from Texas A&M-Commerce.

John R. Oldani
Following six years as executive director of the Cooperating School Districts in St. Louis, Mo., John Oldani is moving into higher education as vice president for student development at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. Oldani earlier served as superintendent in Rockwood, Mo., for six years and superintendent of the Francis Howell district, also in St. Charles, for four years. Oldani, who holds a doctorate from the University of Missouri, has served as an adjunct professor at St. Louis University.

Jane A. Russo
The new superintendent of the largest
district in Orange County, Calif., is Jane Russo. She assumes the top post of the 53,000-student Santa Ana system after serving as interim superintendent for six months. Russo started her career as a teacher in Santa Ana, then moved into a principalship and area administrator’s post before leaving to become an assistant superintendent of educational services in the Mountain View, Calif., district. She returned in 2005 to Santa Ana, where she has worked for 22 years, as deputy superintendent.

Diane Rutledge
After completing five years as superintendent of Springfield, Ill., Public School District 186, Diane Rutledge assumes in July the executive directorship of the Large Unit District Association, also in Springfield. A product of the Springfield schools, she has worked for 35 years in the system beginning as an elementary school teacher. Rutledge also served as an assistant principal, principal and deputy superintendent. Her new position oversees the state’s large unit public school systems.

SIDELIGHT
More than 10 years ago, Mark Bielang’s wife gave him a set of carving tools and a slab of wood as a gift. Now it’s a passion for the superintendent of the 2,300-student Paw Paw, Mich., Public Schools. Bielang carves and paints figurines and walking sticks, typically for an hour at the end of the day. His products, including decoys suitable for the end of a fishing line, usually serve as raffle and silent auction prizes for local charities. “I become totally absorbed in my carving,” he says. “It allows me to remove myself from everything else.”

APPOINTMENTS
John Augustine II, from superintendent, Penn Cambria School District, Cresson, Pa., to administrative director, Greater Johnstown Career and Technical Center, Johnstown, Pa.

Robert Christmann, from superintendent, Newark, N.Y., to superintendent, Grand Island, N.Y.

John Hoover, from assistant superintendent, Peters Township School District, McMurray, Pa., to Hampton Township School District, Allison Park, Pa.

Tom Markle, from superintendent, Lancaster, N.Y., to superintendent, Seaford, N.Y.

William Shuttleworth, adding superintendency, Bath, Maine, to current position, superintendent, West Bath, Maine

David E. Simmons, from superintendent, Tyler, Texas, to superintendent, Richardson, Texas

Mark L. Winzler, from assistant superintendent for human resources, Windsor, Conn., to superintendent, Bolton, Conn.

W. Charles Young, from principal, Philipsburg-Osceola Senior High School, to superintendent, Phillipsburg-Osceola Area Schools, Phillipsburg, Pa.

RETIREMENTS
Lee Beaton, superintendent, Slippery Rock, Pa.

Mary Jane Brooke, superintendent, Le Roy, N.Y.

Nicolas Corbo, superintendent, Exeter Township School District, Reading, Pa.

Mary M. Curley, superintendent, Hinsdale Community Consolidated District 181, Westmont, Ill.

John Grant, superintendent, Warren County Schools, North Warren, Pa.

David Paciencia, superintendent, Taconic Hills, N.Y.

P. Duff Rearick, superintendent, Greencastle-Antrim School District, Greencastle, Pa.

Richard Schlesselman, superintendent, Anselmo-Merna Public Schools, Merna, Neb.

Dave Schley, superintendent, Centura Public Schools, Cairo, Neb.

Martin L. Swenson, superintendent, Fabius-Pompey Central Schools, Fabius, N.Y.

Allan Thrush, superintendent, Elizabethtown, Pa.

Richard J. Wede, superintendent, South Winneshiek Community Schools, Calmar, Iowa

DEATHS
Mark Connolly, 53, superintendent, Hoopeston, Ill., Dec. 16

William John Edgar, 98, retired superintendent, Urbandale, Iowa, Dec. 21

Bobby Lee Roberts, 70, retired superintendent, Huntsville, Texas, Oct. 30