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Joyce F. Bales
The Vista, Calif., Unified School District has welcomed Joyce Bales as the new superintendent. Bales previously held the top job in Pueblo, Colo., where she also served as vice president of the University of Southern Colorado. She earlier worked as Pueblo’s deputy superintendent. An educator since 1967, most of Bales’ career has been spent in the Greeneville, Tenn., City School District, where her posts included assistant superintendent, middle school principal and director of grants. She earned a doctorate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Susan K. Hintz
After a brief stint as interim superintendent, Susan Hintz has moved into the top berth of the 22,000-student Osseo Independent School District in Maple Grove, Minn., the state’s fourth biggest. Hintz came to the district in 2001 as assistant superintendent. She spent two years in the Warren Township, Ind., district as associate superintendent and 10 years in Lawrence Township, Ind., as director of elementary education and principal of Amy Beverland Elementary School. Her career began as a music teacher in Portage, Ind., in 1971.

Christine M. Johns
Christine Johns has joined the 29,000-student Utica, Mich., Community Schools as superintendent. She previously worked in the 108,000-student Baltimore County, Md., Public Schools, where she served as deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Earlier Johns worked as assistant superintendent for instructional services in Pasadena, Calif., and as an elementary school principal and instructional specialist in Prince George’s County, Md. A native of western Pennsylvania, Johns holds a doctorate in administration from Harvard University.

Betty J. Sternberg
A 26-year veteran of the Connecticut State Department of Education, Betty Sternberg has taken over the superintendency of the 9,000-student Greenwich, Conn., system. Sternberg most recently served as commissioner of education in the Nutmeg State, a post she held for three years. She spent 12 years as associate commissioner in the state’s division of teaching and learning and directed the division of curriculum and professional development. Her career began in teaching math in San Jose, Calif., in 1972. Sternberg holds a doctorate from Stanford University.

Mary M. Vagner
After a five-year stint as superintendent in Ridgefield, Wash., Mary Vagner has assumed the top post of the 13,000-student school system in Pocatello, Idaho. Previously Vagner held superintendencies with the Missoula County Public Schools and the Missoula County High Schools, both in Montana, as well as with the Carbon County School District in Rawlins, Wyo. She also worked as human resources director in Carbon County and began her career as an elementary school teacher in Shawnee Mission, Kan.

Laval S. Wilson
Laval Wilson, who accepted his first superintendent job on an interim basis in Hempstead, N.Y., in 1972-73, has begun his eighth superintend-ency as head of the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., school system. Wilson’s three decades in top district posts includes the following superintendencies: East Orange, N.J., Newburgh, N.Y., Boston, Rochester, N.Y., and Berkeley, Calif. Wilson also served as state-appointed district superintendent in Paterson, N.J. He first taught in Chicago in 1958. Wilson holds a doctorate in education from Northwestern University.

TRANSITIONS AND APPOINTMENTS
Kim M. Caron, from assistant superintendent, Norwich Free Academy, Norwich, Conn., to superintendent, Regional School District 4, Norwich, Conn.

Patricia Charles, from assistant superintendent, Plainville, Conn., to superintendent, Westbrook, Conn.

Stephen C. Cullinan, from superintendent, Vernon, Conn., to superintendent, Ellington, Conn.

Mike Gaunt, from superintendent, Stephenson, Mich., to Chassell Township, Mich.

Sandra Griffin, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Downington, Pa.

Dave Hamm, from superintendent, Niobrara, Neb., to superintendent, Plainview, Neb.

Jeff Hoesing, from high school principal, Royal, Neb., to superintendent, Mullen, Neb.

R. Gerard Longo, from superintendent, Quaker Valley School District, Sewickley, Pa., to co-director, Educational Leadership Initiative, University of Pittsburgh

Herb Pokorny, from superintendent, Bruning/Davenport Unified Schools, Davenport, Neb., to superintendent/K-6 principal, Newman Grove, Neb.

Anthony Serio, from superintendent, Canton, Conn., to superintendent, Billerica Mass.

Bernard Taylor, from superintendent, Kansas City, Mo., to superintendent, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Troy Unzicker, from high school principal, Mitchell, Neb., to superintendent, Kimball, Neb.

Marjorie Wallace, from assistant executive director to executive director, Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit, Edinboro, Pa.

RETIREMENTS
Frederick Bausch, superintendent, Tamaqua, Pa.

Richard Bordeaux, superintendent, Todd County, S.D.

Chuck Cheney, superintendent, West Fargo, N.D.

Wendell Clamp, superintendent, Newton County, Ga.

Mark Dietz, superintendent, Wyomissing, Pa.

Don Emch, superintendent, Hill City, S.D.

Dennis Fordham, superintendent, Hall County, Ga.

Joseph R. Galluci, superintendent, East Windsor, Conn.

George Gulson, superintendent, Brandon, S.D.

Stephen Iovino, superintendent, Warwick School District, Lititz, Pa.

Diane Kirk, superintendent, Peters Township School District, McMurray, Pa.

Peter Litchka, superintendent, North Salem, N.Y.

Jan Varejcka, superintendent, Lake Andes, S.D.