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Franklin Smith, superintendent of the Dayton, Ohio, public schools since 1986, has been named the new superintendent of the District of Columbia public-school system.

Following a week of news accounts in which Mr. Smith claimed he had already won the job, the D.C. Board of Education last week formally endorsed the 47-year-old educator. He will succeed Andrew E. Jenkins, whom the board fired last year.

The board offered Mr. Smith a three-year contract, the terms of which were not released.

David Pierce, chancellor of the Virginia community-college system, has been named the new president of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges.

He succeeds Dale Parnell, president of the group since 1981, who resigned last year to take a teaching job at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Mr. Pierce will assume his new duties this summer.

Lee Etta Powell, superintendent of the Cincinnati public schools, announced her resignation last week, effective July 31.

Ms. Powell did not specify her reasons, but the school district has been engaged in a difficult round of budget cuts forced by the failure last November of a tax levy.

She will serve as a consultant to the district after July 31, for which she will receive a salary of $168,000, $150,000 in insurance, and travel expenses.

Vol. 10, Issue 31

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