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 PeopleCheathamJennifer P. Cheatham
After four years in the Chicago Public Schools as chief of instruction and chief area officer, Jennifer Cheatham has moved into the superintendency in Madison, Wis. Previously, she worked for Partners in School Innovation in San Francisco and in the San Diego Unified School District as executive director of curriculum and instruction. Cheatham also was a teacher and teacher mentor in the Newark, Calif., schools. A member of AASA for a year, she holds an Ed.D. from Harvard, where she was enrolled in the Urban Superintendents program.
 PeopleMancusoEugene Mancuso
The new superintendent of the 2,400-student Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District in western New York is Gene Mancuso. He worked during the past seven years in the Penfield, N.Y., Central Schools as assistant superintendent. Earlier, Mancuso served as a principal over seven years in schools in the Penfield and Wayne, N.Y., districts. He started his education career in elementary schools in the Calvert County and St. Mary’s County systems in Maryland. Mancuso became an AASA member in 2007.
 PeopleSmyserSandra B. Smyser
Following a four-year tenure as superintendent of the 6,400-student Eagle County, Colo., district, Sandra Smyser has assumed the top district post in Poudre, Colo. She earlier served in superintendent and assistant superintendent posts in three California systems: Las Virgenes Unified, Carpinteria Unified and Solvang Elementary Schools. A member of AASA for eight years, Smyser was honored as Colorado Superintendent of the Year for 2013. She earned a Ph.D. in special education from the University of California, Riverside.
 PeopleSteinSteven E. Stein
The Peotone, Ill., Community Unit School District 207-U this summer will welcome Steve Stein as superintendent. He is moving from nearby Mokena, Ill., where he has been superintendent since 2011. His career began as a teacher and athletic director in Beecher, Ill., before spending four years as a U.S. history teacher in Peotone. A member of AASA since 2002, Stein is scheduled to finish his Ed.D. at Northern Illinois University this summer.



Paul BlanfordEver since operating his own chicken pen at age 9 and temporarily taking in a pet skunk, Paul Blanford has had an affinity for wildlife. Now in his fifth year as superintendent in the 340-student Elmwood, Wis., district, Blanford today tends a 40-acre farm just outside of town, home to five horses, four steers and about 200 chickens, along with an acre of vegetable crops for his pickling and preservation. He annually hosts a farm dinner for the school district’s 60 staff members. “It’s seasonal, so I never get tired of it,” says Blanford, an AASA member since 2006. “I enjoy all the things that you can do outside.”




Susan Borden,
from superintendent, Germantown, Wis., to superintendent, DeForest, Wis.

Ernie Brown, from director of human resources to superintendent, Tigard-Tualatin School District, Tigard, Ore.

Chris Clouet, from superintendent, White Plains, N.Y., to superintendent, Tarrytown Union Free District, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

Winfried Feneberg, from assistant superintendent, School Administrative Unit 55, Plaistow, N.H., to superintendent, Windham, N.H.

Craig Gerlach, from superintendent, Monona Grove School District, Monona, Wis., to superintendent, Jefferson, Wis.

Jeffrey Moss, from superintendent, Lee County School District, Sanford, N.C., to superintendent, Beaufort County, S.C.

Brad Saron, from superintendent, Cashton, Wis., to superintendent, Chippewa Falls, Wis.

Teresa Sayre, from director of instructional services to superintendent, Phoenix-Talent School District 4, Phoenix, Ore.

Ranet Tippens, from superintendent, El Reno, Okla., to superintendent, Edmond, Okla.

Thomas Ward, from superintendent, Dixfield Maine, to superintendent, Mt. Blue Regional School District, Farmington, Maine


Ben Bergreen,
superintendent, Phoenix-Talent School District 4, Phoenix, Ore.

John Brady, superintendent, Amity Regional District 5, Woodbridge, Conn.

Robert Dyer, superintendent, La Grange-Highlands School District 106, La Grange, Ill.

Gene Johnson, superintendent, Shawnee Mission, Kan.

Gary S. Mathews, superintendent, Newton County, Ga.

Howard W. Smith, superintendent, Tarrytown Union Free District, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.


Emanuel Axelrod,
75, retired superintendent, Orange-Ulster BOCES, Goshen, N.Y., March 21

Roderick Bickert, 85, retired superintendent, New Trier, Ill., May 7

John F. McEwan, 65, retired superintendent, Whitman-Hanson Schools, Whitman, Mass., May 15

Krista I. Paynton, 54, superintendent, Bristol County Agricultural High School District, Dighton, Mass., May 9

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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