Jane Hammond has announced her resignation as the superintendent of the 88,000-student Jefferson County, Colo., public schools, after five years in the job. Ms. Hammond, 53, has accepted a position as superintendent- in-residence through the Stupski Family Foundation, a private philanthropy in San Francisco that supports the improvement of public education. Ms. Hammond headed the Jefferson County district in the Denver suburbs during the shootings at the district’s Columbine High School in 1999 and was chosen as Colorado’s superintendent of the year in 2001.
Cynthia Stevenson, 51, currently the district’s deputy superintendent, will succeed Ms. Hammond under a one-year contract that takes effect July 1. Her salary and benefits were still being negotiated last week.
Christopher J. Steinhauser will become the acting superintendent of California’s 97,000-student Long Beach Unified School District in August and assume the job officially in October. Mr. Steinhauser, 43, will succeed Superintendent Carl Cohn, 56, who plans to retire at the end of September. Mr. Cohn will take on a new role as a professor of education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Mr. Steinhauser’s salary, benefits, and the length of his contract were still being negotiated last week.
James L. Pughsley has accepted a two-year contract as the superintendent of the 109,000-student Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system in North Carolina, effective July 1. Mr. Pughsley, 62, formerly served as the district’s deputy superintendent and chief officer for administrative services. He replaces Eric J. Smith, 52, who is expected to accept a position as the superintendent of the 75,000-student Anne Arundel County district in Maryland. The Anne Arundel County board is due to vote on Mr. Smith’s appointment this week.
—Marianne D. Hurst
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A version of this article appeared in the June 05, 2002 edition of Education Week