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Re: New Nevada Superintendent from Berkeley


For some reason I don't get individual email addresses from my ARN postings
so email me at kscanty@pacbell.net and I'll be happy to tell you the little
I know about Jack McLaughlin.

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From: Assessment Reform Network Mailing List
[mailto:ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU]On Behalf Of Michelle
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2000 8:35 AM
Subject: New Nevada Superintendent from Berkeley

Can anyone who knows this guy write me off list and let me know what you
think. I want to know if he is someone we can work with out here

NEVADA APPEAL, Sunday, December 10, 2000 2:48 AM

School board chooses new chief

by Kurt Hildebrand, Appeal assistant managing editor

Nevada will look to Berkeley for its next state superintendent.

Members of the state board of education voted 8-3 to offer Berkeley
Unified School District superintendent Jack McLaughlin the job on Saturday.

Concerns over McLaughlin's lack of state school experience and the fact
that he is the superintendent of a school district of fewer than 10,000
students fueled debate over his selection.

The second choice was Joseph Lutejehams, former state school
superintendent in Nebraska.

Board member Lilliam Hickey said McLaughlin brought a lot of experience
in dealing with a diverse student population. The Berkely school district is
38 percent black, according to its Web site.

Hickey, who is leaving the board, said the decision was her most

Board member Doris Femenella said she liked McLaughlin's style.

"The legislators we are dealing with are getting younger and younger,"
she said. "The older people are moving out. It is time for a change. Mr.
McLaughlin has the drive. He will bring new life to Nevada and that's what
we need."

Board member Peggy Lee Bowen pointed out to board members there are bill
drafts before the Legislature to eliminate an elected board of education.

"McLaughlin said the things that I wanted to hear," she said.

McLaughlin immediately accepted the board's offer to replace Mary
Peterson, who steps down Dec. 31 after holding the post for six years.

The other final candidates for the position were Skip Wenda,
administrator of the Southern Nevada office of the Department of Education,
and Richard LaPoint, former state superintendent of Virginia and former
deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Board members said Wenda was too valuable to the district in his present

Board member Jan Biggerstaff expressed concern that McLaughlin's arrival
might be delayed in negotiations.

She said she felt a new superintendent would have to be in place in time
to deal with the Legislature.

Member Dave Cook said he felt the board should give McLaughlin a
reasonable amount of time to take the position.

Board president Dave Scheffield said he thought the new person should
also meet with the governor and other state officials.

The state school board is in danger of being dissolved by the
Legislature, which has created at least one panel to supersede the board's