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The Seattle school board is hoping to hire a retired Army major general, John Henry Stanford, to be the district's next superintendent.

Mr. Stanford is currently the manager of county government in Fulton County, Ga. Should Mr. Stanford take the board up on its offer to run the 46,000-student Seattle system, he would take over when Superintendent William Kendrick's contract expires early next year. Douglas A. Sears, the chairman of the Boston University management team that oversees the Chelsea, Mass., public schools, has been chosen as the 4,200-student system's next superintendent. He will replace John Gawrys Jr., who is stepping down to become the superintendent of the Westfield, Mass., district. Mr. Sears will be the fifth superintendent in Chelsea since 1989, when the private university signed a 10-year contract to run the Chelsea school system.

Massachusetts' education secretary, Piedad F. Robertson, has announced that she is leaving to become the next president of Santa Monica College in California. Appointed in 1991 by Gov. William F. Weld, Ms. Robertson has been credited with implementing statewide elementary and secondary school reform and with helping establish charter schools in the state. She is scheduled to begin her new position in July, replacing Richard Moore, who retired from the 22,000-student college in October. ... The Ohio board of education has named John Goff, the deputy state superintendent, as interim superintendent. He will replace Ted Sanders, who is leaving his post at the end of June to become the chancellor of Southern Illinois University. "I know of no one else who could serve as well as John during this period of transition," Mr. Sanders said last week in a statement. Mr. Goff will assume his new job on July 1. Board members plan to select a new chief state school officer in August. The state board also voted last week to bestow upon Mr. Sanders the title of superintendent of public instruction emeritus.

Deputy Superintendent Jerome Clark of the Prince George's County, Md., schools, was named the superintendent of the 116,000-student district last week. Mr. Clark will succeed Edward Felegy, who announced in December that he would retire when his contract expired this summer. Mr. Clark, who has held a variety of positions in his 24 years with the Prince George's County district in the Washington suburbs, will take over the top post on July 1.

--Adrienne D. Coles

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