People Watch

School Administrator, August 2018

Louann Carlomagno

The Hillsborough, Calif., City School District has made Louann Carlomagno its superintendent, after she served as interim for the past year. Before moving to Hillsborough, Carlomagno had spent her entire career in education with the Sonoma Valley, Calif., Unified School District as superintendent, director of curriculum and instruction, principal, vice principal and science teacher. She previously worked as a research associate with Genencor International in Palo Alto, Calif. Carlomagno has been a member of AASA since 2017.


Stacey R. Cole
The Storm Lake, Iowa, Community School District is welcoming back Stacey Cole, who has been named superintendent. Cole earlier worked as a principal, assistant principal and teacher there before working as director of education services in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and as principal in Alta, Iowa. She also was a math and science school improvement consultant for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency. Cole earned her Ed.D. in curriculum, teaching and teacher education from the University of Florida. She joined AASA as a member in 2017.

Marlene M. Johnson
After 20 years in Iowa public school administration, Marlene Johnson is crossing state lines to take the superintendency of Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools in Le Sueur, Minn. Johnson served in the top post in Tipton, Iowa, for three years and previously spent three years as superintendent in Columbus Junction, Iowa. Johnson also was a principal in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Manson, Iowa. Johnson holds an Ed.D. from the University of South Dakota. She has been a member of AASA since 2012.


Stephen L. Kleinsmith
After 18 years as superintendent in Nixa, Mo., Stephen Kleinsmith is joining Missouri State University as director of school and community partnerships. The 2017 Missouri Superintendent of the Year previously spent seven years in Omaha, Neb., as executive director for administrative affairs, assistant to the superintendent and director of secondary education. He was also a principal in Sloan, Iowa, and Omaha. A three-decade member of AASA, Kleinsmith earned an Ed.D. in educational administration from University of South Dakota, Vermillion.


Most district administrators avoid routinely bending over backward, but in suburban St. Louis, Mo., superintendent Sharonica Hardin-Bartley encourages it. She’s the host of Yoga Talk with the Superintendent, inspired by the University City schools’ push for students to humanize, personalize and problematize. The superintendent used her workshop “to emphasize what we value and believe about wellness, but also have time for the community to talk with me about any concerns.” An AASA member since 2016, Hardin-Bartley enlisted teaching help from a University City alumna for the class, which was offered four times and drew parents and staff. “It’s a fun way to embrace community and … allows the public to see the superintendent as human because sometimes they forget that we’re real people too!”

Joel Aune, from superintendent, Snoqualmie Valley School District, Snoqualmie, Wash., to executive director, Washington Association of School Administrators, Olympia, Wash.
Sara Bonser, from interim superintendent to superintendent, Plano, Texas
Richard Carranza, from superintendent, Houston, Texas, to chancellor, New York City Department of Education, New York, N.Y.
Todd Dugan, from superintendent, New Holland-Middletown Elementary District 88, Middletown, Ill., to superintendent, Bunker Hill, Ill.
Keith W. Hilts, from superintendent, Ashland, Wis., to superintendent, Wausau, Wis.
Michael Lubelfeld, from superintendent, Deerfield, Ill., to superintendent, North Shore School District 112, Highland Park, Ill.
Anthony McConnell, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Deerfield, Ill.
Nathan Reed, from superintendent, Fairfield Unified School District 310, Langdon, Kan., to superintendent, Winfield, Kan.
Lorrie Rodrigue, from interim superintendent to superintendent, Newtown, Conn.
Augustine E. Tornatore, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Liberty, N.Y.
Steve Woolf, from superintendent, Erie, Kan., to superintendent, Woodland Park, Colo.
Roe Worbes, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Altus, Okla.
Randy Fuller, superintendent, Shelby County, Ala.
Bill Keim, executive director, Washington Association of School Administrators, Olympia, Wash.
Mary Moran, superintendent, Rutland, Vt.
Frances Wood, superintendent, Somerset Hills School District, Bernardsville, N.J.

Nardos King, assistant superintendent, Baltimore County, Md., and graduate of AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy, elected president-elect of National Alliance of Black School Educators

Glen W. Elliott, 68, superintendent, Burlington, Okla., March 1
Harry Lee Fleming, 69, retired superintendent, Marietta, Ga., April 2
Paul Fried, 67, retired superintendent, White Plains, N.Y., April 23

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