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Edward Brand

Following a decade at the helm of the 40,000-student Sweetwater, Calif., High School District, Ed Brand has moved into the superintendency of the San Marcos, Calif., Unified School District. Brand previously served as Sweetwater’s associate superintendent of administration. Earlier he filled several principalships and coached athletics in the district. Brand also served in senior posts with the San Diego County Office of Education. A native of San Diego, he holds a doctorate from United States International University.

 

John Falco

After five years at the helm, John Falco has moved from the superintendency in Schenectady, N.Y., to become director of the New Era Institute for School Leadership and Innovation at the College of St. Rose in Albany. Falco came to Schenectady as deputy superintendent in 1994. Previously he filled the same post in Community School District 24 in Queens, N.Y. The Brooklyn native holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Seton Hall University.

Pamela S. Lannon

The new dean of the Ross College of Education at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., is Pamela Lannon. Previously she served for four years as superintendent of the Lake County, Fla., Public Schools. A professional educator for 25 years, Lannon’s earlier postings include social studies teacher in Dade County. Fla., and guidance counselor, administrator and staff attorney in the Lake County system. She holds a J.D. from the University of Miami.

Anthony T. Skender Jr.

Following a 34-year career in the Sto-Rox School District in McKees Rock, Pa., Anthony Skender as assumed the superintendency in the Chartiers Valley School District in Pittsburgh, Pa. He filled a range of roles in Sto-Rox, including three years as superintendent. He began as an elementary school teacher, then served as Title I coordinating/reading supervisor, federal programs coordinator, special education coordinator and assistant superintendent.

SIDELIGHT

It’s a silver anniversary year for the Jim Busta Band, led by the superintendent of the 400-student Spring Grove, Minn., schools. A self-taught concertina player, Busta averages about 65 performances a year in communities across the northern Plains, joined by a son on drums and a daughter on a half dozen instruments. With such longevity, Busta has developed a groupie following—with the same 40-50 polka fanatics showing up whenever he plays within an hour of LaCrosse, Wis.

TRANSITIONS

 

APPOINTMENTS

Ann Bradshaw, from assistant superintendent, Falmouth Public Schools, East Falmouth, Mass., to superintendent, Mashpee, Mass.

 

Michael Bull, from assistant superintendent, Gainesville, Ga., to superintendent, Glynn County Schools, Brunswick, Ga.

 

Harold Devine, from superintendent, Swansea, Mass., to superintendent, Little Compton, R.I.

 

Robert Feirsen, from deputy superintendent, Manhasset, N.Y., to superintendent, Garden City, N.Y.

 

Steve Fish, from superintendent, Torrance, Calif., to superintendent, Saddleback Valley Union School District, Mission Viejo, Calif.

 

Sandra Halloran, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Triton Regional School District, Byfield, Mass.

 

Howard Hinesley, from superintendent, Pinellas County Schools, Clearwater, Fla., to superintendent, Cartersville, Ga.

 

John W. Jordan, from deputy superintendent, Mississippi Department of Education, to consulting director, education division, Maximus, Madison, Miss.

 

Samuel Light, from assistant superintendent, Savannah-Chatham County Schools, Savannah, Ga., to superintendent, Elbert County Schools, Elberton, Ga.

 

Keller McDonald, from assistant superintendent, Willits, Calif., to superintendent, West Sonoma County Union High School District, Sebastopol, Calif.

Middleton McGoodwin, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Marshfield, Mass.

 

Betty Sue Stripling, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Irwin County Schools, Ocilla, Ga.

 

Anne Towle, from superintendent, Gardner, Mass., to superintendent, Westborough, Mass.

 

RETIREMENTS

Jerry Gross, superintendent, Saddleback Valley Union School District, Mission Viejo, Calif.

 

Catherine F. Rock, superintendent, Watchung Borough Schools, Watchung, N.J.

 

DEATHS

Larry Carson, 58, superintendent, Palmer, Texas, June 23

 

Douglass Grandstaff, 66, retired superintendent, Lakewood Schools, Hebron, Ohio, Aug. 4

 

Robert “Bob” Montgomery, 74, retired Education Service Center director, Abilene, Texas, July 16

 

Don Smith, 78, retired superintendent, Cleburne, Texas, July 8

 

Lew Sorenson, 69, retired superintendent, Tangue Verde Schools, Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 8

 

Chester Taylor Jr., 80, retired superintendent, Pasco County Schools, Port Richey, Fla., Aug. 6