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Norward Roussell, the superintendent of schools in Selma, Ala., whose dismissal by the school board last winter sparked months of protest, has resigned.

Last December, the white-dominated board voted not to renew Mr. Roussell's contract when it expires next month. He was the school system's first black superintendent.

Mr. Roussell last week accepted a $150,000 cash settlement in exchange for dropping his $10-million federal lawsuit against the board.

Mr. Roussell said he was planning to write a book and several newspaper articles about the "disturbing things that are happening in the education of black children."

The board is considering an interim superintendent and has begun a search for a permanent replacement.


Martha C. Fricke is the new president of the National School Boards Association, succeeding James R. Oglesby.

Ms. Fricke, a school-board member in Ashland, Neb., since 1969, took office during the nsba's annual meeting in New Orleans last month.

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