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Patricia Hamamoto

The Hawaii public schools have appointed Patricia Hamamoto the statewide system's new deputy superintendent. A teacher from 1975 until 1983, Ms. Hamamoto replaces Alfred Suga, who had served as the interim deputy superintendent since last September. Most recently, Ms. Hamamoto was the principal of McKinley High School in Honolulu. Her new duties include working as an assistant to Superintendent Paul G. LeMahieu and overseeing programs for Hawaii's 187,000 students.

Estelle Matthis

Estelle Matthis has been selected to run the Little Rock office of A Better Chance Inc. Ms. Matthis, 62, will become a program officer for the Boston-based program that identifies and recommends talented minority students for placement in private schools and top-notch public schools across the country. An administrative-program director for the Arkansas education department, she will be leaving that job later this month to establish a new site for A Better Chance and create a resource and support system for students and parents. Ms. Matthis hopes to be placing students out of the Little Rock office by September of next year.

Richard Laine is the new director of education policy for the Illinois Business Roundtable. Mr. Laine, 35, has been the assistant superintendent for policy, planning, and resource management for the Illinois state school board since 1995. The Chicago-based roundtable is a collaboration of the state's top chief executive officers, the governor's office, and state school board members, who work together to create a common agenda for business and education.

Jerry Leonard Macy

Jerry Leonard Macy is slated to become the associate superintendent of business for the 15,230-student Antioch district in California. He has served as the comptroller and chief financial officer for the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center weapons division in China Lake, Calif., since 1993. Mr. Macy, 49, whose contract was to take effect this month, replaces Jim Wells, who resigned earlier this year.

--Marnie Roberts

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Vol. 18, Issue 27, Page 2

Published in Print: March 17, 1999, as People in the News

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