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Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein of New York City has named LaVerne Evans Srinivasan as the chief of staff for the 1.1 million-student school system.

LaVerne E. Srinivasan

Ms. Srinivasan, 40, is a music-industry lawyer who plans to join the city's education department on March 31 after 10 years with BMG, a New York City- based music subsidiary of the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG. She serves at BMG as a senior vice president and the general counsel of legal and business affairs, as well as the chief ethics and compliance officer.

Ms. Srinivasan is to succeed Marcelite Harris, who left the school system for family reasons.

Jean F. Bussell

Jean F. Bussell has announced that she will retire from her position as the executive director of the Reading Recovery Council of North America on June 30.

Ms. Bussell, 55, has been the council's executive director since its inception in 1996. The Columbus, Ohio-based Reading Recovery Council, which has 10,500 members in 49 states and Canada, provides the Reading Recovery 1st grade-level tutorial program to more than 20 percent of U.S. public schools with 1st grades.

The council has begun a search for a new executive director.

David H. Florio

The Stupski Family Foundation has announced that David H. Florio has become a program manager with its District Alliance Program, an initiative aimed at improving urban school leadership.

Mr. Florio, 57, left his position as a senior program consultant with the Panasonic Foundation, where he had worked for 16 years, to join the Mill Valley, Calif.-based Stupski philanthropy on March 3.

The District Alliance Program has, so far, formed partnerships with nine school districts in California and Washington state.

—Catherine A. Carroll

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Vol. 22, Issue 27, Page 5

Published in Print: March 19, 2003, as People in the News

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