Sonia Diaz-Salcedo
Bringing years of experience to the Miami-Dade County, Fla., Public Schools is Sonia Diaz-Salcedo, who was appointed deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction. She previously served as superintendent for four years in Bridgeport, Conn. Earlier Diaz-Salcedo was superintendent for Community School District 1 in Manhattan and a principal in Boston. She holds a doctorate in educational administration from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Phinnize J. Fisher
Penny Fisher has ascended to her first superintendency in Greenville, S.C. Fisher has been with the district for nine years, joining as assistant superintendent of middle school education. She also served as deputy superintendent/chief of staff. Fisher previously worked as associate superintendent for school administration and area associate superintendent with the Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Md. She holds a doctorate in education from Rutgers University.

Michael J. Pladus
The Upper Dublin, Pa., schools have a new superintendent in Michael Pladus. He spent two years as superintendent with Interboro School District in Prospect Park, Pa., where he also served as principal of Interboro High School. In 1999, he was named National Principal of the Year by NASSP. Pladus was an adjunct professor with the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Community College. He earned a doctorate in education from Teachers College of Columbia University.

Mark J. Ward
Taking over his second superintendency is Mark Ward, who now holds the top job in the Olean, N.Y., public schools. Ward comes to the position from the Salamanca Central School District, also in southwestern New York state, where he has been superintendent for the past four years. Previously, Ward was a principal at Ellicottville High School in Ellicottville, N.Y. He is a graduate of the superintendent’s development program at SUNY Oswego.


Two Ohio superintendents who discovered a mutual love of piloting now take to the skies jointly. Veteran flyer Dennis Allen (left), superintendent in Rocky River, a Cleveland suburb, and David Cottrell, newly retired head of the Greater Cleveland Association of School Superintendents, rendezvous at the Lorain County Regional Airport. They co-pilot to Niagara Falls, Cincinnati and other locales, while taking turns at the controls of a rented four-seater. Allen points to the stress relief, quipping, “You can’t fly and be thinking about the next board meeting while landing the plane.”



Arthur R. Breault, from principal, Parish Hill Middle/High School, Chaplin, Conn., to superintendent, Ashford, Conn.

Joseph R. Castanola, from superintendent, Portland, Conn., to superintendent, New Fairfield, Conn.

Tommy Daniel, from interim superintendent, Brooks County, Ga., to superintendent, Peach County, Ga.

Suzanne Freeman, from superintendent, Cullman, Ala., to superintendent, Trussville, Ala.

Gary Harms, from interim superintendent to superintendent, Aberdeen, S.D.

Steven Hiersche, from superintendent, Plymouth, Mass., to superintendent, Watertown, Mass.

Sherlock Hirning, from superintendent, Eureka, S.D., to superintendent, Chadron, S.D.

Thomas N. James, from superintendent, Region 6, Litchfield, Conn., to superintendent, Orange, Conn.

Donna Milanovich, from acting superintendent to superintendent, Baldwin-Whitehall School District, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Frank Moscati, from assistant superintendent for human resources to superintendent, Monroe-Woodbury Central Schools, Central Valley, N.Y.

Manny Vinhateiro, from deputy superintendent to superintendent, East Providence City School District, Riverside, R.I.

Susan. L. Whitney, from principal, Rome Free Academy, Rome, N.Y., to superintendent, LaFargeville, N.Y.

Rose H. Wilder, from superintendent, Fairfield County, S.C, to superintendent, Clarendon School District One, Summerton, S.C.

Wayne Wormstadt, from principal, Timber Lake, S.D., to superintendent, Canistota, S.D.


Douglas Bleggi, superintendent, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Robert L. Bradley, superintendent, New Hartford, N.Y.

Larry Burkhart, superintendent, Eastern Lancaster County, Pa.

Thomas Dowling, superintendent, Fort Mill, S.C.

Diane Eicher, assistant superintendent, Dallastown, Pa.

Charles Faust, superintendent, Baldwin-Whitehall School District, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Karen Florentine, superintendent, Owen J. Roberts School District, Pottstown, Pa.

Theodore W. Grocki, superintendent, Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Barbara Hasson, superintendent, Central Dauphin, Pa.

Rexford A. Hurlburt, superintendent, Unatego Central Schools, Otego, N.Y.

Jerry Leviner, superintendent Marion School District 2, Mullins, S.C.

Michael A. Maina, superintendent, Elwood Union Free Schools, Greenlawn, N.Y.

JoAnn J. Morse, superintendent, Greenville, N.Y.