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Benjamin Soria, Yakima (Wash.) Public Schools

Certain things are easier to accomplish in a district comprised of only 700 students.

"Here I know most of the kids quite well," says Mary Rubadeau, the nine-year superintendent of the Telluride (Colo.) School District. Known for attending class and student council meetings, luncheons held by extracurricular clubs so she can be a sounding board, and most sporting activities, Rubadeau says, "It's not a usual superintendent relationship. I think they value knowing their superintendent. I have an open door, too, so they always know they can come to ask my opinion."







In the world of corporate philanthropy, there are those who give to educational causes. And then there is Eli Broad.