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Andy Baumgartner

Andy Baumgartner was named the 1999 Teacher of the Year in a White House ceremony last week that honored all of this year's state teachers of the year. Mr. Baumgartner, 47, is the second kindergarten teacher and second Georgia educator to be honored with the national award since its inception in 1952. He has taught at the 530-student A. Brian Merry Elementary School in Augusta since 1995 and is a former speech-therapist and member of the U.S. Marine Corps. As the nation's top teacher, he is scheduled to travel and serve as an education spokesman for a year. The Teacher of the Year program is sponsored by the Washington-based Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc. of New York City.

Fred Meyer

Fred Meyer, the school board president in the 700-student St. Paul, Neb., district, has been named to the Nebraska state board of education. Mr. Meyer, 47, will serve out the term of Larry Loschen, who retired, until January 2003. Mr. Meyer was chosen from 12 candidates by Gov. Mike Johanns, a Republican.

Arthur James Cartlidge

The Greenville, Miss., school board has selected Arthur James Cartlidge s the district's next superintendent. Mr. Cartlidge, 56, is currently the superintendent of the Yazoo City district in Mississippi. A former teacher and administrator in the Greenville schools, Mr. Cartlidge has also served as the deputy superintendent of the West Helena schools in Helena, Ark., and as the superintendent of the North Bolivar district in Shelby, Miss. He is expected to begin his new job with the 8,400-student Greenville district July 1.

The Pontiac, Mich., school board has hired Walter Burt, 52, as the 14,000-student district's superintendent. Mr. Burt will be leaving his post as the assistant superintendent of the 3,000-student Beecher district in Flint, Mich., where he has worked for three years. He replaces James Hawkins, a retired superintendent of the Gary community schools in Lake County, Ind., who has been the interim superintendent since last April. Mr. Burt is expected to start his new position this month.

--Michelle Galley, Candice Furlan, & Meghan Mullan

Vol. 18, Issue 33, Page 2

Published in Print: April 28, 1999, as People in the News
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