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Susan K. Allen
Entering her first superintendency is Susan Allen, who now holds the top job with the East Irondequoit Central School District in Rochester, N.Y. Allen most recently served as assistant superintendent for instruction in Hilton, N.Y. She earlier filled the same berth in the Palmyra-Macedon Central Schools in Palmyra, N.Y. Other administrative positions include principalships at Clarence, N.Y., Middle School, and Palmyra-Macedon Middle School. Allen also has worked as an adjunct professor in the graduate administrative program at SUNY Brockport.

Ralph Marino Jr.
The Horseheads Central Schools in New York’s Southern Tier recently welcomed Ralph Marino into the top district berth. He spent the past five years in the superintendency of the Hunter-Tannersville schools in Tannersville, N.Y., where he also worked for two years as a middle and high school principal. Marino also was a middle school assistant principal in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk district and taught in the Hunter-Tannersville district and in Liberty, N.Y.

Roy M. Seitsinger Jr.
Following four years as superintendent of Rhode Island’s Exeter-West Greenwich Regional Schools, Roy Seitsinger has become director of Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Middle School and High School Reform. Seitsinger previously worked as an assistant superintendent in Bristol Warren schools in Bristol, R.I., and a principal in North Kingstown, R.I. A former vice president of the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association, he holds a doctorate in educational leadership from University of Connecticut.

Robert M. Taylor
Robert Taylor has joined forces with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education after finishing 17 years in the superintendency of the Festus, Mo., R-VI School District. He also was superintendent in Bethany, Mo., for five years and in Bucklin, Mo., for three years. Taylor is functioning as an area supervisor of instruction in the St. Louis region for the state education agency. Taylor’s father worked for the state education agency for 25 years as director of health and physical education.

SIDELIGHT
In his second year of teaching, David Magar agreed to become a
referee for scholastic wrestling meets to keep his hand in the sport. Some 32 years later, Magar, the superintendent of the Union Grove, Wis., Union High School District, is an embedded presence on the mats each winter. He’s officiated long enough to see girls competing and to experience 2nd and 3rd generation wrestlers. “Someone will come out of the stands and ... remind me that I had them on the mat and then tell me ‘That’s my kid,’” Magar says.

APPOINTMENTS
Les Bivens,
from superintendent, Harvest, Ala., to superintendent, Taliaferro County Schools, Crawfordville, Ga.

Brian Blake, from superintendent, School Administrative Unit 61, Farmington, N.H., to School Administrative Unit 66, Hopkinton, N.H.

Susan Bunch, from superintendent, Henderson County Schools, Lexington, Tenn., to assistant commissioner of teaching and learning, Tennessee Department of Education, Nashville, Tenn.

William Burns, from superintendent, Geneva County School District, Geneva, Ala., to superintendent, Quitman County Schools, Georgetown, Ga.

Robert Henry, from superintendent, Hartford, Conn., to chief of staff, Bridgeport, Conn.

Rodney Hutto, from superintendent, Sherman, Texas, to superintendent, Nacogdoches, Texas

Larry Leverett, from superintendent, Greenwich, Conn., to executive director, Panasonic Foundation, Secaucus, N.J.

Charles Littlefield, from superintendent, Methuen, Mass., to superintendent, School Administrative Unit 15, Hooksett, N.H.

James Lombardo, from superintendent, Upper St. Clair Township Schools, Pittsburgh, Pa., to superintendent, Bensalem, Pa.

Keith Pfeifer, from director of curriculum, Andover, N.H., to superintendent, Sanborn Regional Schools, Kingston, N.H.

James Stevens, from assistant superintendent, Turner County Schools, Ashburn, Ga., to superintendent, Webster County Schools, Preston, Ga.

Michael Zolkoski, from superintendent, Brownsville, Texas, to superintendent, Tulsa, Okla.

RETIREMENTS
E. Vernon Coffey,
superintendent, Grainger County Schools, Rutledge, Tenn.

Bill Congdon, superintendent, Horseheads, N.Y.
James Duncan, superintendent, Wilson County Schools, Lebanon, Tenn.

John E. MacFadden, superintendent, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

David Poore Jr., superintendent, Hempfield School District, Landisville, Pa.

C. Patrick Proctor, superintendent, Wethersfield, Conn.

DEATHS
Urey B. Arnold,
87, retired superintendent, Greenville, Ill., August 17

Martin J. DeFeliceJr., 66, superintendent, East Haven, Conn., July 16

Paul J. Sorbo Jr., 78, retired superintendent, Windsor, Conn., July 14