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The National Association of Secondary School Principals is looking for a few good administrators.

As part of its Principal of the Year program, now in its third year, N.A.S.S.P. is seeking nominations for the top middle-level and high school principals in each state and in the nation.

The awards, which are co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, recognize principals who improve student achievement, support teachers, and forge strong ties with the community.

The winners will be announced next January at the association's annual meeting.

Candidates must submit their applications by April 25.

Students, parents, teachers, and community members can make nominations by writing N.A.S.S.P., 1904 Association Dr., Reston, Va. 22091, or by calling (703) 860-0200.

The Denver school board has narrowed its search for a new superintendent to three finalists, despite protests from some local groups claiming that they have been shut out of the process.

The board announced earlier this month that it was considering three school officials--two from California and one from the central office--to run the 63,000-student district.

Patricia D. Baca, the deputy superintendent of the Denver schools since October, is one of the candidates to replace Superintendent Evie G. Dennis, who will retire this summer.

Richard P. Mesa, the superintendent of the Oakland public schools, and Irv Moskowitz, the head of the Pomona Unified School District, are also vying for the position.
Mr. Moskowitz, who has also worked in the Denver schools, was one of two finalists for the top position in the district in 1988.

The district's search for a new schools chief started several months ago with citywide meetings attended by school employees, students, parents, business leaders, and others.

Some community groups, however, have complained that the district has not allowed for enough local input in the process, a school official said last week.

The groups, along with the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, have appealed to the board to extend the search and bring in additional candidates.

The board, which is expected to name a successor to Ms. Dennis next month, has not indicated that it plans to widen its search, the school official added.
--JOANNA RICHARDSON

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