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Barbara Grohe, the superintendent of the 10,500-student Iowa City Community School District in Iowa, has been named the 1998 Superintendent of the Year.

Barbara Grohe

The program, sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators and the ServiceMaster Co., announced Ms. Grohe as the winner at the organization's convention in San Diego late last month.

As the recipient of the honor, Ms. Grohe, 52, will have a $10,000 scholarship presented in her name to a student at the high school from which she graduated. She also took home a gold medallion and a $2,000 savings bond. Ms. Grohe will spend the coming year traveling across the country addressing fellow educators and the public.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals recently initiated a search for a new executive director to replace Samuel G. Sava, who plans to step down from the Alexandria, Va.-based organization next year.

Mr. Sava, 66, has been the executive director since 1981. In that time, the organization has more than doubled its membership, from 13,000 to 28,000. Under Mr. Sava's leadership, the group has also initiated several professional-development programs for its members. The naesp hopes to have a new director by July of next year. ... The Broward County, Fla., schools chief, Frank R. Petruzielo, will continue in his job until June 2000. The school board recently approved a contract extension and a raise, increasing his annual salary by 3 percent, to $172,677.

Since his arrival in the 220,000-student system in 1994, Mr. Petruzielo, 53, has been credited with securing more than $300 million for school construction and reducing the number of schools on the state's "critically low-performing" list from 25 to two.

U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement by the American Council on Education.

Mr. Riley was cited by the Washington-based council for being "a tireless, determined, and effective crusader for all students and a steadfast advocate of quality at every level of education."

The council is the umbrella association for the nation's colleges and universities.

--ADRIENNE D. COLES [email protected]

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