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YOKOSUKA, Japan — Lois Rapp, who has served as a district superintendent for Defense Department schools in the United States, has been named the new Japan District superintendent, according to a Department of Defense Education Activity statement.

Rapp, who most recently served as the Georgia/Alabama District superintendent for DODEA, will oversee the Japan district’s 21 schools and 8,000 students.

Her new job includes oversight of Zama American High School, which became the first DODEA school to be put on accreditation probation after an independent agency cited the school’s “obstructive and negative climate.” The school will have its accreditation reviewed again during the upcoming school year.

Rapp takes over from interim superintendent Joyce Lutrey, the Pacific’s deputy director of curriculum, instruction and assessment. Lutrey filled the position in March, when former superintendent Clayton Fujie resigned, citing health reasons.

Before serving as a DODEA superintendent, Rapp worked as an assistant superintendent for the South-Western City School District in Columbus, Ohio. She began her career as a middle-school teacher and has served on the executive board for the Ohio Association of Supervisors of Curriculum and Development. She is also a past president of the Ohio School Supervisors’ Association.


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