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The National Association of Secondary School Principals has named George V. Tignor the 1995 Principal of the Year.

Mr. Tignor, the principal of Parsons (Kan.) High School, was selected from among 200 middle school and high school principals. He received a $10,000 grant from the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, which sponsors the program along with the principals' association and the U.S. Education Department.

He was honored last week during a banquet at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

Under his leadership since 1981, the 540-student school in rural southeastern Kansas has developed new programs to increase attendance and student achievement, curtail gang activity, and include special-education students in regular classrooms.

"When national education leaders and people in large cities want to see how to improve student performance, they should travel to Parsons High School," said Timothy J. Dyer, the executive director of the N.A.S.S.P.

The Nevada state board of education has named Mary Peterson its new superintendent of public instruction. Ms. Peterson, a former high school English teacher and elementary school principal, had been the interim superintendent for the past two years....Frank P. Doyle, an executive vice-president of the General Electric Company, has been elected chairman of the board of Jobs for the Future. The national, nonpartisan organization, based in Boston, conducts research, provides technical assistance, and proposes public-policy innovations on the issues of work and learning.

The National Organization of Legal Problems of Education has selected Ivan Gluckman to serve as its president. The organization is made up of lawyers, school administrators, and educators that deal with legal challenges in education. Mr. Gluckman is the legal counsel and director of legal services at the National Association of Secondary School Principals....U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley has appointed Eleanor P. Vreeland to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity. Ms. Vreeland is the chairman of the Katherine Gibbs Schools Inc., a chain of career-training schools based in New York City.

--Adrienne D. Coles

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