People

People

David N. Fischer
With the new year, David Fischer started his first superintendency in Oswego, N.Y. , just north of Syracuse. Fischer comes to the post after two years with in the Buffalo suburb of Depew, where he served as assistant superintendent. He earlier worked as principal of Greece Olympia High School outside Rochester, N.Y . In addition, Fischer was an assistant high school principal at Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District near Buffalo.

Jacqueline J. Lesney
After serving three years as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction with the South Middleton School District in Boiling Springs, Pa., Jacqueline Lesney has ascended to her first superintendency in Shippensburg, Pa. Lesney previously worked as principal of West Manheim Elementary School in Hanover, Pa., and as principal of Big Knob Elementary School in Freedom, Pa. She holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Robert E. Maher
Robert Maher, who spent the past 10 years as principal of Briarcliff High School north of New York City, has moved into the superintendency of the Greenburgh-North Castle School District in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Maher, who consults for federal agencies on education practices, earlier was an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University, where he earned a doctorate in educational administration and supervision. His career began at a residential center in Peekskill, N.Y.

Diane Scheerhorn
The Centralia School District in Buena Park, Calif., has a new superintendent in Diane Scheerhorn. She previously spent four years in the superintendency of the Lake Tahoe, Calif., Public Schools. Scheerhorn also filled superintendencies in Gaylord, Mich., as well as in Byron, Mich., where she also worked as a teacher for 18 years prior to becoming a principal. Scheerhorn holds a Ph.D. and Ed.D. in educational administration from Michigan State University.

Sidelight

Charles Melvin, superintendent of the 1,240-student district in Beloit, Wis., took a renewed interest in the martial arts when his 8-year-old son took up Tae Kwon Do. Training three hours a week, Melvin at age 51 took second in the sport’s 2001 national championships in the 33-and-older category. At one point, he broke two bones in his left hand while blocking an opponent’s kick. He won that match but ended up with surgically inserted pins. Once the cast came off, he reinjured the same hand in his first competition. Fortunately he’s right-handed.

Transitions

Appointments

Dean Christensen, from superintendent, Emery, S.D., to superintendent, Deuel School District, Clear Lake, S.D.

Jim Hawkins, from superintendent, DeSoto, Texas, to deputy superintendent, Killeen, Texas

Denise Kerr, from assistant superintendent, Council Rock School District, Newton, Pa., to superintendent, Rose Tree Media School District, Media, Pa.

Stanley Mims, from superintendent, Round Lake, Ill., to chief education officer, East St. Louis, Ill.

Leon Mooneyhart, from superintendent, Shelby County Public Schools, Shelbyville, Ky., to executive director, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, Shelbyville, Ky.

Susan W. O’Brien, from superintendent, Windsor Locks, Conn., to superintendent, Torrington, Conn.

John J. Ramos Sr., from superintendent, Watertown, Conn., to deputy commissioner of education programs, Connecticut State Department of Education, Hartford, Conn.

Linda Rhen, from executive director, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, East Petersburg, Pa., to special education director, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, Pa.

Mary Rice-Crenshaw, from superintendent, Dorchester District 4, St. George, S.C., to superintendent, Clarendon District 3, Turbeville, S.C.

Janet M. Robinson, from superintendent, Preston, Conn., to superintendent, Derby, Conn.

Daniel Ross, from superintendent, Avon Lake, Ohio, to commissioner, Ohio High School Athletic Association, Columbus, Ohio

Rick Scherza, from superintendent, North Smithfield, R.I., to assistant superintendent, Cranston, R.I.

James Simpson , from superintendent, Crockett, Texas, to superintendent, North Forest Independent School District, Houston, Texas

Holden T. Waterman, from superintendent, East Windsor, Conn., to superintendent, Milton, Vt.

Retirements

Frank Auderer, superintendent, St. Bernard Parish Schools, Chalmette, La.

Jim Burgett, superintendent, Highland, Ill.

David A. Haggard, superintendent, Fort Dodge, Iowa

Carlos Hicks, superintendent, Gulfport, Miss.

John Long, superintendent, Pasco County Schools, Land O’ Lakes, Fla.

Maria M. Melendez, deputy superintendent, Greenwich, Conn.

Joseph J. Reardon, superintendent, Marlborough, Conn.

Verel Salmon, superintendent, Millcreek Township School District, Erie, Pa.

Richard Schelsky, superintendent, Rockville, Ind.

Laird Warner, superintendent, Rose Tree Media School District, Media, Pa.