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Augusta Souza Kappner has been named the president of Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Ms. Kappner is currently the U.S. Education Department's assistant secretary for vocational and adult education.

Beginning July 1, she will become the first woman president of the college. Ms. Kappner joined the Education Department in 1993 and helped fight for passage of such legislation as the School-to-Work Opportunities Act and the Goals 2000: Educate America Act.

Ms. Kappner also worked on the proposed "career-preparation education-reform act of 1995," a bill recently sent to Congress that is designed to help young people prepare for careers.

Before joining the department, Ms. Kappner was the acting president of the City College of New York. She is also a former president of the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Jurg Jenzer, the principal of Putney (Vt.) Central School, gave his 270 K-8 students a challenge: "Read 2,100 books, and I will spend a work day on the roof."

By April 1, they had surpassed that goal, reading more than 3,000 books. As promised, on April 10, the principal moved his office to the roof.

The reading challenge is an annual celebration of books in Windham County. But this year, "I wanted to find a different motivator and maybe a few laughs," Mr. Jenzer said. The main purpose was to get students to read and to create lifelong readers, he said. "It was worth it."

Esperanza Zendejas, a former Brownsville, Tex., schools chief, has been named the next superintendent of the Indianapolis public schools. She will replace interim Superintendent Duncan N. P. Pritchett Jr. in July. Ms. Zendejas will be the first woman to head Indiana's largest school system, which enrolls more than 47,000 students. ... Gov. Pete Wilson of California has appointed Michael E. Jett to be deputy secretary for children's issues in the Governor's Office of Child Development and Education. Mr. Jett has been the assistant director for the Crime Prevention Center in the state attorney general's office since 1988.

--Adrienne D. Coles

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