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C. Robert Leininger has been named state superintendent of education by the Illinois Board of Education.

Mr. Leininger, who was appointed last month, has been serving as interim superintendent since Ted Sanders resigned in April to become U.S. undersecretary of education. Previously, Mr. Leininger was chief of staff for the state board.

Mr. Sanders earned $110,000 a year as superintendent; Mr. Leininger's salary, however, is still being negotiated, according to a spokesman for the board.

Gov. Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania has named Donald M. Carroll Jr., superintendent of Harrisburg city schools for the past five years, as the state's new secretary of education.

Mr. Carroll, 57, succeeds Thomas K. Gilhool, who resigned in June during a controversy over changes in the state's method for funding special education. He is a former commissioner of basic education for the state.

Mr. Carroll's appointment must still be confirmed by the state senate.

Accusing some school-board members of racial discrimination against employees and questioning their commitment to desegregation, long-time Kansas City educator and deputy superintendent Arnold Davenport submitted his resignation effective Aug. 25.

Mr. Davenport, a 27-year veteran of Missouri's second-largest school district, is the fifth high-ranking administrator to leave the district since February. Sue Fulson, school-board president, said she "does not disagree" with Mr. Davenport's description of some board members.

Ms. Fulson called Mr. Davenport's letter a "cry of desperation" that represents the feelings of many school employees. She6said some board members are concerned and interested in resolving his complaints.

"I don't think his resignation was for naught but it was quite sad,'' she said.

Boston University officials have selected Diana Lam, a Boston school administrator, to serve as superintendent of the Chelsea, Mass., schools. Her appointment was effective Sept. 1.

Under a controversial agreement concluded earlier this year, the private university will operate the troubled Chelsea system for the next 10 years.

As an area superintendent in Boston, Ms. Lam oversaw the assignment of students and school operations for elementary and middle schools. Previously, she was a district superintendent and bilingual coordinator for the system.

Ms. Lam, who is Hispanic, heads a system that consists primarily of Hispanics and other minorities. Hispanic groups are suing to block the university takeover, saying they were not involved in the process.

The Denver Board of Education has chosen Evie Dennis as the district's next superintendent of schools.

Ms. Dennis, who has been deputy superintendent of the district since January 1988, will be the first woman and the first black to be named Denver superintendent. She will take office Sept. 1, 1990.

In the upcoming year, Ms. Dennis will work closely with the current superintendent, Richard Koeppe. Mr. Koeppe assumed the $98,000-a-year job a year ago after James Scamman resigned amid controversy over his handling of teacher-salary negotiations and minority-student achievement.

Timothy J. Dyer has been named the new executive director of the Reston, Va.-based National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Superintendent of the Phoenix (Ariz.)Union High School District since 1983, Mr. Dyer will assume his new duties in February.

Mr. Dyer said at a press conference last month that he plans to focus on teacher recruitment and retention, school restructuring efforts, adult illiteracy, and collaboration between schools and community and business groups. "Nassp is a key ingredient in providing quality leadership that will make a difference in students' lives," he said.

Mr. Dyer succeeds Scott D. Thomson, who had been the association's executive director since 1980.

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