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People - Costa

Edward W. Costa II
After 27 years in public school administration, most recently as superintendent in East Longmeadow and Lenox, Mass., over 19 years, Edward Costa has become director of early childhood and elementary education and assistant professor of education in the graduate school at American International College in Springfield, Mass. Earlier in his career, Costa worked as a principal in three school districts and was executive director of secondary schools in Muskogee, Okla. He has held AASA membership for 20 years and earned his doctorate from University of Oklahoma.

 People - Lisiscki

Laura M. Lisiscki
A career Michigan educator, Laura Lisiscki has taken the reigns as superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools in its second year of operation as a consolidated school district. Lisiscki served for two years as superintendent of the Willow Run Community Schools, also in Ypsilanti. She earlier worked in Willow Run as an elementary school principal and 4th-grade teacher during her 21 years in the system. As Willow Run superintendent, she oversaw unification of the Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts. Lisiscki has been an AASA member since 2013.

 People - Martin

Patrick M. Martin
A longtime Illinois educator has taken over the top administrative berth in the new Gardendale, Ala., City Schools. For the past four years, Patrick Martin served as superintendent in the Washington, Ill., District 50 Schools. He also spent two years as superintendent in Illini, Ill., Central School District 189. Prior, he was an assistant superintendent and high school and middle school principal in Illini. He began his career as a social science teacher and athletic coach. An AASA member since 2008, Martin received his Ph.D. in educational administration from Illinois State University.

 People - Torres

José M. Torres
After six years as superintendent in Elgin, Ill., José Torres has been named president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Ill. He previously was a regional superintendent in Chicago and filled various roles in San Jose, Calif., Anne Arundel, Md. and Montgomery County, Md. From 2011 to 2013, Torres was the sole superintendent on the federal Equity and Excellence Commission of the U.S. Department of Education. A member of the association since 2001, he holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from University of Maryland.




Jeff Comer, from superintendent, Norton, Va., to superintendent, Nelson County Schools, Lovingston, Va.
Thomas Danehy, from superintendent, Winchester, Conn., to executive director, Area Cooperative Educational Services, North Haven, Conn.
Freda Daugherty, from superintendent, Springer, N.M., to superintendent, Fort Sumner, N.M.
Robert Grimesey, from superintendent, Orange County, Va., to superintendent, Moore County Schools, Carthage, N.C.
Sharon Locke, from chief academic officer, New Britain, Conn., to superintendent, Naugatuck, Conn.
Robert Muller, from superintendent, Killeen, Texas, to clinical associate professor, Texas A&M, College Station, Texas
Robert Neu, from superintendent, Federal Way, Wash., to superintendent, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Philip B. O’Reilly, from superintendent, New Hartford, Conn., to superintendent, Portland, Conn.
Aaron Spence, from superintendent, Moore County, N.C., to superintendent, Virginia Beach, Va.
David Stephens, from superintendent, Nevada, Mo., to superintendent, Vilonia, Ark.
Kristi Teall, from superintendent, Central Montcalm Public School District, Stanton, Mich., to superintendent, St. Louis, Mich.
Dee Wells, from superintendent, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., to superintendent, Marshfield, Wis.


Chuck Arns, superintendent, Pillager, Minn.
Chris Belcher, superintendent, Columbia, Mo.John Buchanan, superintendent, Petal, Miss.
Tom Budde, superintendent, Central Union High School District, El Centro, Calif.
Kathy Coley, superintendent, Glenpool, Okla.
Sally E. Doyen, superintendent, Portland, Conn.
Thomas Ficarra, superintendent, Morris School District, Morristown, N.J.
Barbara Fowler, superintendent, Troy, Mich.


Nicholas E. D’Agostino, 94, retired superintendent, Wolcott, Conn., and executive director emeritus, Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, Sept. 20
George Nolley, 73, retired superintendent, Campbell County, Va., Oct. 16
Norward Roussell, 80, retired superintendent, Selma, Ala., Oct. 13
John George Wargo, 88, retired executive director, Illinois Association of School Administrators, Oct. 25


News about AASA members’ promotions, retirements, honors and deaths should be addressed to:

School Administrator
1615 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703-841-1543.


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