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Outstanding district and school administrators will be tapped as national leaders in their profession over the next month.

Four district leaders have been named finalists for the 1998 National Superintendent of the Year, under a program sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators and the ServiceMaster Co. of Downers Grove, Ill.

The superintendents chosen are: Carol B. Choye of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District in Scotch Plains, N.J.; Marvin Edwards of School District U-46 in Elgin, Ill.; Barbara Grohe of the Iowa City Community School District in Iowa; and G.W. Montgomery of the Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township in Indianapolis.

A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded in the name of the national winner to a student in a high school from which the honoree graduated.

In addition, the national winner will receive a $2,000 savings bond.

Each of the three other finalists will received a $1,000 savings bond.

The winner will be announced next month at the Arlington, Va.-based AASA's national conference in San Diego.

Four finalists have also been named for the 1998 National Principal of the Year.

The Reston, Va.-based National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., based in New York City, sponsor the program.

The final four are: Lance S. Bowie of West Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska; Elaine C. Sullivan of Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla.; Joan E. Roberts of North High School in Des Moines, Iowa; and Julian Stafford of the St. Paul Area Learning Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Finalists will receive $2,500 for their schools; the national winner will receive an additional $7,500.

The winner will be announced later this month.

Wilbert Bryant

Virginia's incoming Republican governor, James S. Gilmore III, has named Wilbert Bryant his secretary of education. Mr. Bryant, 57, a retired U.S. Army colonel from Fairfax County, Va., is currently deputy secretary.

Mr. Bryant is scheduled to get sworn in on Jan. 18.

--ADRIENNE D. COLES [email protected]

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