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Kenneth A. Dragseth, the superintendent of the 7,200-student Edina, Minn., school district since 1992, has been named the National Superintendent of the Year.

Kenneth A. Dragseth

The award to Mr. Dragseth, 57, includes a $2,000 U.S. Savings Bond. His alma mater, the 109-student Rutland (S.D.) School District 39-4, will also receive a $10,000 scholarship for a college-bound high school senior.

The American Association of School Administrators, a 14,000-member, Arlington, Va.-based professional organization for district-level educational leaders and principals, bestows the award, which is co-sponsored by Philadelphia-based Aramark ServiceMaster Facility Services.

Nancy A Keenan

Nancy A. Keenan recently became the education policy director for People For the American Way. Ms. Keenan, 51, was the state superintendent of public instruction in Montana from 1989 to 2001 and served one-year terms as president-elect, president, and vice president of the Council of Chief State School Officers between 1998 and 2001. Ms. Keenan started her position with the 600,000-member People For the American Way, a civil liberties advocacy group based in Washington, in January.

Keith D. Taton

Keith D. Taton, the principal of the 765-student Central Middle School of Science in Anchorage, Alaska, has been elected the president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Mr. Taton, 56, whose one- year term began Feb. 24, succeeds Denny Vincent, the principal of Muhlenberg North High School in Greenville, Ky.

The Reston, Va.-based NASSP provides leadership programs and services to 34,000 principals at the middle-grades and high school levels nationwide and overseas.

—Catherine A. Carroll

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Vol. 22, Issue 25, Page 5

Published in Print: March 5, 2003, as People in the News

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