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Seen & Heard Around the Conference: Breakfast Favorites, a New York Takeover and Images of AASA Transition

Breakfast Cereal on His Mind

AASA public policy staffer Tara Thomas briefed the Governing Board on Wednesday about AASA’s position on proposed new federal nutrition standards for school meals, during which she referenced the sugar content in some popular offerings favored by students.

Once she had finished, Paul Imhoff, AASA past president, couldn’t resist his take on the new standards when he returned to the podium. 

Imhoff quipped: “I could really go for a bowl of Lucky Charms right now. … Maybe that’s oversharing.”

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Empire Builders in the AASA Ranks

It’s rare for the current president of AASA to bestow the honor of National Superintendent of the Year on a school leader who works in the same state.

Shari Camhi had that unusual opportunity on stage at the conference’s 1st General Session on Thursday afternoon when she announced the name of Kevin McGowan as the 2023 national award winner. Both hail from New York, known as the Empire State.

Camhi runs the schools in Baldwin on Long Island, while McGowan has presided since 2009 over the schools in Brighton, N.Y., a Rochester suburb.

Camhi grinned especially broadly during the ceremony, referring to McGowan as “my colleague, my friend.”

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Imagery That Says It All

If there was any doubt about Dan Domenech’s eagerness to move out of the AASA limelight as he transitions into retirement at the end of this conference, that notion was dispelled by a slide with side-by-side photos that he slipped into his state-of-the-association presentation to the Governing Board on Wednesday morning.

The photo on the left showed David Schuler, who is succeeding him as executive director, standing in dress attire at the podium in an official capacity. The shot on the right showed Domenech enjoying a dip in an outdoor whirlpool.

(Compiled by Jay P. Goldman, editor-in-chief of Conference Daily Online and editor of AASA’s School Administrator magazine.)

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