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Dr. John E. Lutz, 48, assistant superintendent of the Oneonta City School District for the last seven years, has been chosen to become superintendent of the 975-student Alexander Central School District.

The Board of Education signed a three-year contract with Lutz that will pay him $73,000 a year. He will assume his duties in the district Feb. 4.

The position became vacant in August when Nelson Wellspeak resigned after learning that his contract would not be renewed next year.

Dr. Edwin Dunmire, superintendent of the Genesee-Wyoming Board of Cooperative Educational Services, and Carol Wittman, the president of the Alexander School Board, led the search for a superintendent.

Lutz holds degrees from Cornell University and a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. He began his educational career as a science teacher at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School.

He later taught at the Oswego State College Campus School in Lewisburg, Pa., at the Rochester Institute of Technology and at Hartwick College.

He and Mrs. Lutz have three children, the youngest of whom is a first year student at Cornell.

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