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This leading man reinvents a community with a can-do attitude, serious fundraising and a media blitz

Chapter One When Jack Moreland retired in 1998, he certainly could look back on his career in Kentucky with pride and satisfaction. Except he's been too busy.

Leading 42 districts through major changes calls for unusual abilities

Understanding the educational landscape is what Rudy Castruita does best. Now serving his 10th year at the top of the San Diego County Office of Education, his particular talent suits the gargantuan dimensions that come with his job.

You might say that Mike Moses is a leader of Biblical proportions. He runs a really big school district--12th largest in the U.S.--oversees a super-sized $1.2 billion budget and makes $325,000 a year, by many accounts more than any other superintendent.

Where in the World is Theodore Blaesing? It's the newest twist in educational games.

Randolph Nichols has been showing up at Chesapeake School District for 44 years, first as a high school teacher and track coach and now as superintendent. As school board chairman Barbara Head says, the now 66-year-old Nichols “could stay home and read his paper every day.”

For a Tennessee native, William Mathis fits in well as a rural New Englander. And for a counselor by training, he sure makes a capable superintendent--one who was just recognized as one of AASA's four national Superintendent of the Year finalists.

In general, most superintendents don't like surprises. Too often, they turn out to be school bus breakdowns, discipline problems or erratic school board behavior.

Paul Garrison may be the superintendent of Daleville Community Schools, but he still pulled lunch duty last year.

He says he didn't mind. When you work in a district with only two schools and about 670 students, you must tolerate an ever-changing job description.

"I compare it to operating a small business. You do everything that has to be done," Garrison says.

Like many of the 37,000 students in her district, Kay Baker looks forward to week's end. In fact, she readily admits that Friday is her favorite day. It's a statement some might say stands as a commentary on her approach to her job-and they would be right.