Four finalists have been named in the annual National Superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators and the ServiceMaster Co., a commercial-cleaning company based in Downers Grove, Ill.
Michael L. Kremer, 48, of the 8,200-student Hopkins, Minn., district; Gerry House, 51, of the 112,000-student Memphis, Tenn., district; William A. Korach, 53, of the 7,200-student Lake Oswego, Ore., system;
and Thomas W. Payzant, 58, of the 64,000-student Boston public schools, were selected on the basis of their leadership ability, communication skills, professionalism, and community involvement.
A $10,000 scholarship will be given in the winner's name to a student from the high school from which the honoree graduated. In addition, the national winner will receive a $2,000 savings bond, and each of the other finalists will receive a $1,000 bond.
The winner will be announced Feb. 19 at the AASA's national conference in New Orleans.
Dorothy J. Orr has been tapped to be the interim superintendent of the nation's fifth-largest school district. Ms. Orr, a 44-year veteran of the Broward County, Fla., schools, is slated to take over the position Jan. 30. She will fill in for Frank Petruzielo, who is stepping down to become the superintendent of the Cherokee County, Ga., schools.
Ms. Orr, the district's deputy superintendent of school operations, has temporarily headed the southeast Florida district twice previously; her new tenure as acting chief will last until the school board of the 230,000-student system chooses a permanent superintendent. Ms. Orr is ineligible for the permanent spot.
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