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Wilmer S. Cody, currently the superintendent of schools in Birmingham, Ala., has been named the top candidate for the soon-to-be-vacant superintendency in Montgomery County, Md.

Last week, Mr. Cody came to the suburban Washington district and met further with school officials, as well as with local citizens and the chamber of commerce. If the board members, five of whom visited Mr. Cody in Alabama, continue to be favorably impressed with him, he will be offered the position, a spokesman said.

Mr. Cody, a native of Alabama, is widely credited with bringing the Birmingham system successfully through a court-ordered desegregation process. During his 10-year tenure there, he also instituted programs that led to improved student achievement and stronger curricula.

Edward Andrews, the retiring superintendent, has accepted a position as a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland's college of education. Now in the third year of a four-year contract, Mr. Andrews asked to retire this year because his 70-hour work week prevented him from spending time with his family.


Marvin E. Schuman, a mathematics teacher at Frankford High School in Philadelphia, will replace John Murray as president of the 21,000-member Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. His term of office will begin June 1.

In the March election, Mr. Schuman won about 55 percent of the votes, according to a pft spokesman. He served on the union's ex-ecutive board from 1960 to 1981.

Mr. Murray, the outgoing president, has headed the union from 1979 to the present. His tenure coincided with two teachers' strikes. The union spokesman said that Mr. Murray is likely to return to job as a mathematics teacher at Abraham Lincoln High School.

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