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 MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Education Alternatives, Inc. (NASDAQ: EAIN) announced today that Dr. Philip E. Geiger will be joining the company as divisional president for the state of New Jersey. Geiger is now superintendent of schools of Piscataway Township, N.J., and has distinguished himself nationally by running schools differently, with attention to the bottom line, fiscally and educationally. EAI has expanded its operations nationally by providing schools with options for improving instructional programs while containing school budgets.
 John T. Golle, chairman and CEO of EAI, said, "Dr. Geiger has a powerful grasp of the educational needs and the funding dilemmas for New Jersey schools, and he has demonstrated his ability to create outstanding programs to benefit students despite declining revenues. We believe our combined services can be of great value in New Jersey where citizens, public officials and businesses alike recognize the value of focusing on improving education today."
 Geiger said, "I am eager to share some of the methods I have found to be successful in advancing -- and affording -- school reform efforts such as technology and the teachers' training necessary to ensure its success. I have been fortunate to work with a courageous, responsible board of education who reallocated money from noninstructional programs to direct it to programs for kids. New Jersey has one of the higher per- pupil spending ratios in the nation; we must realize that our schools are faced with expectations for increased accountability without guarantees of substantially increased funding. We have to provide meaningful learning experiences for our students within these boundaries and reform the budgets for individual school districts."
 As superintendent in Piscataway since July of 1991, Geiger has instituted individual school-based management, district-wide strategic planning, and zero-based budgeting procedures enabling the district to focus on redirecting funds to innovative instructional programs through a series of cost-cutting measures. By "out sourcing" the district's food service and transportation service, the district is realizing savings of $2 million annually. Chief among instructional programs to bring new measures of success for students is a comprehensive technology program to address learning styles, which includes a customized curriculum component, and Reading Recovery(R), an early intervention for first grade students experiencing difficulty in reading.
 Geiger was cited recently as "C.E.O. of Public Education" by the New York Times, named to the "Executive Educator" list of top 100 school managers in the nation, and recently nominated by the Piscataway board for the national "Superintendent of the Year" award. He brings a unique combination of skills and expertise to play in his vision for quality education at a price taxpayers can accept.
 Geiger has been a superintendent of schools since the age of 29 and served in Lexington, Mass., and the Atlantic City suburb of Galloway Township, N.J. The 46-year-old educator holds a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Finance and two master's degrees and a doctorate of education from Teachers College- Columbia University. He has held executive positions in both the public and private sector and has been a consultant for various school boards and corporations throughout the country. His work conducting Middle States accreditation evaluations has taken him throughout the northeast and internationally to Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.
 Geiger is a contributing editor of American School and University Magazine and has published many articles on school efficiency, school finance, collective bargaining and management operations. He was selected and is currently participating in the "Superintendents Prepared Program," an urban leadership consortium sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and the McKenzie Group. New Jersey Commissioner of Education Mary Lee Fitzgerald recently appointed Geiger to chair of the Department of Education Violence and Vandalism Prevention Task Force to make recommendations for making schools safer in the state.
 Geiger will join EAI at the end of this school year. Until that time, he will be available to consult for EAI on a limited basis.
 Education Alternatives, Inc. provides management and consulting services to public schools throughout the country. EAI enables school districts to capitalize on current budget allocations and deliver improved instructional programs for students. The company currently manages or provides specialized services, including proprietary products, to 12 schools with a total enrollment exceeding 6,000 students.
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 /CONTACT: John T. Golle, chairman and CEO, of Education Alternatives, 612-832-0092/

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