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People Buecker Harrie Lynne Buecker
After three decades in K-12 education, most recently as superintendent of the Franklin County schools in Frankfort, Ky., Harrie Lynne Buecker is the new liaison for district and school partnerships at the University of Louisville, where she also serves as director of educator development and clinical practice. Buecker earlier was assistant superintendent of instructional support services in Oldham County, Ky., for eight years and held various other administrative posts after starting as a math teacher. An AASA member since 2007, she earned a Ph.D. at University of Louisville.
 People DrakeH. Warren Drake Jr.
Warren Drake has been named a network leader at the Louisiana Department of Education. A member of AASA since 2007, Drake spent the last decade as superintendent of the 5,300-student Zachary, La., Community Schools, the first independent school district in the state in more than 80 years. He previously spent 10 years as principal and assistant principal in two high schools in Baton Rouge, La., after starting in administration as assistant principal of Zachary High School in 1991.
 People FittsLeonard D. Fitts
Returning to New Jersey, Leonard Fitts has begun a two-year appointment as interim superintendent in Berlin Township Public Schools in West Berlin, N.J. Fitts worked since 2009 as an adviser at the Penn Children’s Center at University of Pennsylvania. He earlier filled interim superintendencies in Glassboro, Camden and Willingboro, all in the Garden State. During a 40-year career in school districts, he worked as a school psychologist, principal and county superintendent. An AASA member since 2007, Fitts earned a doctorate from University of Pennsylvania in educational psychology.
 People IngramAlan J. Ingram
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has appointed Alan Ingram as deputy education commissioner. He comes to the position after four years as superintendent of the 25,000-student Springfield, Mass., district. Earlier, he worked in the Oklahoma City, Okla., district as chief accountability officer, executive director of federal programs and acting director of Title I. A member of AASA since 2012, Ingram earned his Ed.D. from University of Oklahoma. Before entering a career in public education, he served for two decades in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a chief master sergeant in 1996.
People OttMaria G. Ott
After seven years as superintendent of the Rowland Unified School District in Rowland Heights, Calif., Maria Ott has joined the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education as an executive in residence. Ott earlier spent five years as senior deputy superintendent in the Los Angeles, Calif., Unified Schools, where she also was a teacher and principal. Previously, Ott was superintendent of the Little Lake City Schools in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. An 11-year AASA member, she received her doctorate from University of Southern California.
People WolffLora L. Wolff
Lora Wolff, a member of AASA since 2000, has joined Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., as assistant professor of educational leadership. She taught as an adjunct instructor at the university for 11 years. Wolff served since 2009 as superintendent of the Keokuk, Iowa, Community Schools. Prior to assuming the top berth, Wolff held various roles in Keokuk, including a year as interim superintendent. She also was assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and director of technology. Wolff earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from University of Iowa.



Nancy Gartenberg,
from superintendent, South Hunterdon Regional High School, Lambertville, N.J., to superintendent, Montgomery Township School District, Skillman, N.J.

Sharon Huff, from superintendent, Cleveland Hill Union Free Schools, Cheektowaga, N.Y., to superintendent, Yorkshire-Pioneer Central Schools, Yorkshire, N.Y.

Susie Meade, from assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, Ankeny, Iowa, to superintendent, Winterset, Iowa

J. Tim Mills, from superintendent, North Clackamas School District, Milwaukie, Ore., to superintendent, Bellevue, Wash.

J. Thomas Morton, from superintendent, Sparta, N.J., to superintendent, Clarkstown, N.Y.

Daniel Nerad, from superintendent, Madison, Wis., to superintendent, Birmingham, Mich.

David P. Quattrochi, from superintendent, Edison Local Schools, Hammondsville, Ohio, to superintendent, Carrollton, Ohio

Matthew Wendt, from superintendent, Ankeny, Iowa, to superintendent, Oswego, Ill.

David Zuilkoski, from assistant superintendent, West Shore School District, New Cumberland, Pa., to superintendent, Eastern Lancaster County School District, New Holland, Pa.

Jeffrey Zwiebel, from elementary principal to superintendent, Pottsville, Pa.


Joyce Bales,
superintendent, Vista, Calif.

Robert Christmann, superintendent, Grand Island, N.Y.

Randy Crump, superintendent, Eureka, Ill.

Peter Flynn, superintendent, Freeport, Ill.

John Folks, superintendent, Northside Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas

Tim Jenney, superintendent, Fort Bend Independent School District, Sugar Land, Texas

Sarah-Jane Poli, superintendent, Biddeford, Maine

Frank Porter, superintendent, Twin Rivers Unified Schools, McClellan, Calif.

Jerry L. Seese, superintendent, Saginaw Township, Mich.


Santo Barbarino,
67, superintendent, Lynbrook, N.Y., Aug. 27

John Fitzpatrick, 68, retired superintendent, Las Virgines, Calif., Aug. 17

Ronald M. Mongini, 66, retired superintendent, Willows, Calif., July 19

Robert F. Wood, 68, retired superintendent, Canisteo, N.Y., June 8


News about AASA members’ promotions, retirements, honors and deaths should be addressed to:
Editor, School Administrator
1615 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703-841-1543.


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