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After three years in office, Joseph L. Shilling, Maryland's state school superintendent, resigned last week to take over as superintendent of the nine-school Queen Anne's County, Md., district.

The generally popular state school chief, whose resignation took state officials by surprise, said he took the job so he could return to his home county.

The reforms he drafted are proceeding well, he told local reporters, and the Queen Anne's post would not still have been open at the end of the final year of his term.

Mr. Shilling will assume his new duties July 1. He will earn $88,500, nearly $9,000 less than his state salary.

Officials at Owatonna (Minn.) High School were pleasantly shocked to discover the legacy of Gisle and Eva Johnson--a $1-million college scholarship fund for graduates of the school.

Mr. Johnson, a native of the town in the southeastern part of the state, was the owner of several luxury-car dealerships in the state.

The Johnsons died a few months apart in 1989.

The Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America will administer the education fund, which will provide grants of $1,000 to $3,000 a year for undergraduate study. Any Owatonna graduate up to age 35 may apply, officials said.

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