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Richard S. Cross

The Alaska board of education has named Richard S. Cross the state's commissioner of education. Mr. Cross, 52, takes over the post from Shirley Halloway, who retired last month. Mr. Cross was the deputy commissioner for the 130,000-student state system since 1995. From 1987 to 1994, Mr. Cross was the superintendent of the 16,000-student Fairbanks North Star Borough district in Fairbanks. He is a past president of the Alaska Association of School Administrators.

Veronica C. Garcia

The Santa Fe, N.M., school district last month appointed Veronica C. Garcia its superintendent. Ms. Garcia, 48, replaces Edward Lee Vargas, who had been superintendent since 1996. Before being named to the top post, Ms. Garcia was an associate superintendent in the 13,000-student district.

Bonnie Brinly has been named the legislative liaison to the Kentucky education department. She has worked for the Kentucky legislature for more than 17 years, serving as a staff member on a variety of education-related committees. She begins her position this month, replacing Robert Sherman, who left to head the legislative research commission.

F. Joe Crosswhite and Genevieve M. Knight received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics Education last month from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Mr. Crosswhite is a retired teacher and a former president of the council. Ms. Knight has been an educator for 36 years and served on the council's board of directors, as well as its task force on girls and minority groups in mathematics. She is a professor of mathematics at Coppin State College in Baltimore. A five-member panel of the 110,000-member council selects awardees, who must have a minimum of 25 years' experience in math education and be at least 55 years old.

Shelton Wilder has been appointed the superintendent of the Mound Bayou, Miss., district. Mr. Wilder was the 1,000-student district's interim superintendent for eight months before taking over the top spot.

Daryl Dixon, 38, has been named the president and chief operating officer of the Media, Pa.-based Nobel Learning Communities. The 15-year-old company created a pre-K-8 curriculum that is used in its network of private schools. The company has 4,000 employees.

--Candice Furlan & Marnie Roberts

Vol. 18, Issue 34, Page 2

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