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Michael J. Pladus

The Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and the National Association of Secondary School Principals have named Michael J. Pladus the 1999 MetLife/NASSP Principal of the Year. Mr. Pladus, 40, has been the principal of the 1,190-student Interboro High School in Prospect Park, Pa., since September 1995. He said he would use the $10,000 prize mainly to improve staff development at his school. Mr. Lanier received the award last week in Washington and will also be honored at the NASSP convention in New Orleans this month.

The three other finalists were: Bernice Berns, South Junior High School, St. Cloud, Minn.; Robin Calitri, South Side High School, Rockville Centre, N.Y.; and Ruth Kane, Sidney Lanier High School, Austin, Texas.

Robert West

Marilyn Howard, Idaho's newly elected superintendent of public instruction, has appointed Robert West the chief deputy of the state education department. Mr. West, 60, was the director of personnel and special services and the assistant superintendent in the 2,700-student Moscow district. Before that, he worked in the state education department's special education division. In his new position, Mr. West replaces Darrell Loosle, who retired late last year.

Nancy J. McGinley

Nancy J. McGinley has become the executive director of the Philadelphia Education Fund, a private, nonprofit group that works with the Philadelphia school district to implement reforms. Ms. McGinley, 44, has worked in the Philadelphia schools for 19 years as a teacher, researcher, and administrator. Most recently, she served as the principal of the 1,800-student Abington (Pa.) Junior High School. Ms. McGinley was honored with the Milken Family Foundation's National Educator Award in 1997 for her work in technology and school reform. She replaces Warren Simmons, who left the group to become the director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.

--Michelle Galley, Candice Furlan, & Marnie Roberts

Vol. 18, Issue 21, Page 2

Published in Print: February 3, 1999, as People
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