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Cleveland schools Superintendent Richard A. Boyd is leaving to take a job that should fit like an old shoe: interim state superintendent for Mississippi.

Mr. Boyd, who was the state's superintendent from 1984 to 1989, will serve in the position for up to six months while the state board conducts a search for a permanent schools chief. His last day with the Cleveland schools is Dec. 31.

Mr. Boyd was selected to oversee Cleveland's troubled schools in 1995 when the state took over the 76,000-student system. Earlier this year, Ohio lawmakers voted to give control of the system to Mayor Michael R. White.

The Sacramento City Unified School District in California has named Jim Sweeney, 59, as its new Superintendent. Mr. Sweeney served as interim superintendent for nearly a year and as deputy superintendent before that appointment.

Jim Sweeney

With an annual salary of $128,436, he will lead the state's seventh-largest school district, which has an enrollment of 51,000 students. He took his new position last month. ... The Birmingham, Ala., school board has selected Johnny Edward Brown to head its 40,000-student system, the state's third largest district. He begins his new job in January. Mr. Brown is currently the superintendent of the 3,500-student Wilmer-Hutchins district near Dallas.

Mr. Brown, 49, has agreed to a 3«-year contract and a base salary of $146,800. He will be eligible to receive a bonus of up to 10 percent of his salary if all of the city's schools are removed from the state's "academic alert" status, and at least half of the schools show improved Stanford Achievement Test scores and attendance by June 30, 1999.

The National Council of Educational Opportunity Associations has named Avon Honey as its new president.

The Washington-based association represents over 1,200 colleges and universities that host federally funded TRIO programs. The TRIO programs, such as Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Educational Opportunity Centers, provide tutoring, counseling, mentoring, and other outreach services to over 700,000 first-generation college students and disabled students.

Mr. Honey is currently serving as the director of the Educational Talent Search Program at Southern University and A&m College in Baton Rouge, La.

--ADRIENNE D. COLES [email protected]

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