The latest roundup of appointments, retirements and honors in the membership ranks. The Sidelight shines on Superintendent Evan Pitkoff and his extensive toy bus collection.

Michael P. Flanagan
Veteran Michigan educator Mike Flanagan, who has served since 2001 as executive director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators, has assumed the role of state superintendent of public instruction. Flanagan earlier worked as superintendent of the Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency for seven years and as superintendent of the Farmington/Farmington Hills School District for five years. Flanagan also served as interim education adviser to Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2003.

Michael Glascoe
The new state-appointed superintendent of the Paterson, N.J., Public Schools is Michael Glascoe. He served most recently as assistant superintendent for educational accountability in the Fairfax County, Va., system, which he joined in 1999 as an area superintendent. Glascoe began his career in Montgomery County, Md., where he spent more than 20 years as an elementary school teacher, guidance counselor and principal. He received his doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University.

Henry Johnson
Nearly three years after assuming duties as state superintendent of education for Mississippi, Henry Johnson has moved to the U.S. Department of Education as assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education. Johnson earlier was associate state superintendent of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Johnston County, N.C. He holds a d octorate in school administration from North Carolina State University.

Georgina Takemoto
Following a two-year stint as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Georgina Takemoto has been elevated to the superintendency of the Phoenix, Ariz., Elementary School District 1. An educator for 40 years, Takemoto earlier worked as an area superintendent in Fresno, Calif., an assistant superintendent in Paradise Valley, Ariz., and a principal in Westland, Mich. She also was a regional director for Voyager Expanded Learning. Takemoto holds an Ed.D. from Wayne State University.

Evan Pitkoff, superintendent of Newtown, Conn., has amassed a collection of more than 300 school bus replicas that he displays in his office. The collection started 10 years ago when Pitkoff purchased a metal toy bus for 50 cents from a local Salvation Army store as a paperweight for his desk. In various posts, he continued to amass different forms of bus paraphernalia and bought others at tag sales and flea markets. His collection includes drawings, snow globes, tree ornaments, lapel pins, lunch boxes, magnets and neckties. One irony: Growing up in New York City, Pitkoff never rode a yellow bus to school.


Jack Adams,
from superintendent, Colville,Wash., to superintendent, Union-Baker Education Service District, Island City, Ore.

Paul Ash, superintendent, Westwood, Mass., to superintendent, Lexington, Mass.

Eric Bartleson, from retirement to superintendent, Plainview, Minn.

Edward M. Brand, from superintendent, Sweetwater Union High School District, Calif., to superintendent, San Marcos, Calif.

Robert L. Corley, from superintendent, Flagler County, Fla., to superintendent, Evergreen Public Schools, Vancouver, Wash.

Steven W. Enoch, from superintendent, Mead School District, Spokane, Wash., to superintendent, San Juan Unified School District, Sacramento, Calif.

Carlos Garcia, from superintendent, Clark County, Nev., to vice president for urban markets, McGraw-Hill Co., New York, N.Y.

Albert Glennon, from executive director, Riverview Intermediate Unit, Oakmont, Pa., to executive director, Pennsylvania School Study Council, University Park, Pa.

Michael Hinojosa, from superintendent, Spring, Texas, to superintendent, Dallas, Texas

David Jennings, from interim superintendent, Minneapolis, Minn., to superintendent, Chaska, Minn.

William Mayes, from superintendent, Huron Intermediate School District, Bad Axe, Mich., to executive director, Michigan Association of School Administrators

Jeffrey Miller, from assistant superintendent, Estes Park, Colo., to assistant superintendent, Weld County School District 6, Greeley, Colo.

John Sweet, from superintendent, Madison, S.D., to superintendent, Delano, Minn.

Eugene G. White, from s uperintendent, Metropolitan School District of Washington Township, Indianapolis, Ind., to s uperintendent, Indianapolis, Ind.

Bill Brown, superintendent, Silver Grove, Ky.

Rene Diaz, superintendent, Phoenix, Ariz., Elementary District 1

John C. Fryer, superintendent, Duval County, Fla.

Richard Melching, superintendent, Evergreen Public Schools, Vancouver, Wash.

James L. Pughsley, superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C.

Bob Smotherman, superintendent, Bardstown, Ky.

Ken Noonan, superintendent, Oceanside, Calif., selected as member, California state board of education

Rodger E. Smith, executive director, Region 8 Education Service Center, Fort Wayne, Ind., awarded Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to Education by Indiana University School Administrators’ Association