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Four finalists have been named in the 1993 National Superintendent of the Year competition. They are: Brian L. Benzel, Edmonds School District, Lynwood, Wash.; Kenneth S. Burnley, Colorado Springs (Colo.) School District 11; Noel T. Farmer Jr., Frederick County (Md.) Public Schools; and Joe A. Lopez, Cuba (N.M.) Independent Schools.

The winner of the competition, sponsored annually by the American Association of School Administrators and the ServiceMaster Company, is to be named next month.


The Lincoln Unified School District in Stockton, Calif., following the advice of some national reformers, has chosen a corporate executive to head up a high school there.

Ann Quinn, a vice president with The Grupe Company, a locally based real-estate-development firm, will become the "chief educational officer'' of Lincoln High School next month.

Ms. Quinn, whose two grown children are products of the school system there, holds no teaching or administrative credentials. She is returning to the school where she was an office manager more than a decade ago.

Ms. Quinn will be in charge of all aspects of the school except for curriculum and teacher evaluation, which will be handled by the school's vice principals, who are expected to be promoted to principals.

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