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The Connecticut Board of Education has appointed Vincent L. Ferrandino as the state's new education commissioner.

The board voted 7 to 2 late last month to appoint Mr. Ferrandino, the superintendent of schools in Weston, Conn., to succeed Gerald N. Tirozzi, who left in October to become president of Wheelock College in Boston.

Mr. Ferrandino won the job over Al Ramirez, a deputy state superintendent in Illinois, and J.R. Cummings, a deputy state commissioner in Texas.

Donald Ingwerson, the superintendent of the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Ky., has been named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators.

The Jefferson County district has an enrollment of 92,000 students in 158 schools and a payroll of 11,000 employees.

Under Mr. Ingwerson's leadership, "the Jefferson County school system has become one of the most innovative in the nation,'' the association said.

In ceremonies during the association's annual meeting in San Diego late last month, Mr. Ingwerson received a gold medallion, a $2,000 savings bond, and other awards. In addition, a $10,000 scholarship will be presented in his name to a student in the high school from which he graduated.

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