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John M. Baracy has been named the superintendent of the Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona.

John M. Baracy

Mr. Baracy, 54, is now serving as the superintendent of the state’s 13,900- student Tempe Elementary School District No. 3, a position he has held since 1999. He will begin his new job with the 27,000-student district in Scottsdale on July 1.

Mr. Baracy will succeed Barbara Erwin, who plans to leave the district to become the superintendent of the 13,100-student St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 in suburban Chicago.

Ronald Chaluisan recently became the vice president of programs for New Visions for Public Schools, a reform-advocacy group in New York City. Mr. Chaluisan, 43, has served as the director of small schools for New Visions since 2002.

In his new job, he succeeded David Perlman, who left the organization to become the chief financial officer and vice president of institutional advancement for the Public Education Network, based in Washington.

New Visions for Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that works on programs and policies for improving New York City’s public schools.

Janice Hirota, meanwhile, was named the senior program officer for New Visions.

Ms. Hirota will continue to serve as a senior researcher at the Chapin Hall Center for Children, a research and development organization based at the University of Chicago.

Judith Torney-Purta recently became a senior adviser for the Education Commission of the States’ National Center for Learning and Citizenship.

Ms. Torney-Purta, 66, who will continue to serve as a professor of human development at the University of Maryland College Park, began her position with the national center this month.

The Denver-based center works with state legislators and school leaders to advance the civic mission of the nation’s K-12 schools.

—Catherine A. Carroll

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Vol. 23, Issue 32, Page 5

Published in Print: April 21, 2004, as People in the News

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