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Deborah Kasak, the executive director of the Association of Illinois Middle-Level Schools, based in Champaign, has been chosen as the president-elect of the Waterville, Ohio-based National Middle School Association.

Ms. Kasak, 50, will take over the position following the 24,000-member national group's annual conference this November.

She will become the president of the association in November of next year.

Robert Rice

The Council for Basic Education, a Washington-based group that promotes a strong academic curriculum for precollegiate students, has named Robert Rice as its vice president for programs.

Mr. Rice previously served as the assistant superintendent for research and development in the Maryland Department of Education.

He is the author of Who Shall Govern Public Education? Visions, Issues, and Reality: A Changing South.

Dwight Cunningham

Scholastic Inc. publishing company has named Dwight Cunningham its executive managing editor of classroom magazines. Mr. Cunningham will oversee the production of 35 magazines. Mr. Cunningham formerly served as the deputy metro editor for The Daily News in New York City.

Jacquie V. Amiriantz

Jacquie V. Amiriantz has been named the superintendent of schools for Cumberland County, N.J. Ms. Amiriantz will oversee the education of 25,000 students in 16 districts.

She was previously the school business administrator for the county and for Salem County, N.J.

—Michelle Galley

Vol. 20, Issue 1, Page 2

Published in Print: September 6, 2000, as People in the News

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