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Pair Of Ann Arbor School Board Members Retire After Years Of Service

Dec 10, 2014

The Ann Arbor School Board says goodbye to over 20 years of experience tonight.  

After more than a dozen years, Glenn Nelson has retired from the school board, while Irene Patalan's service is over after a decade.

Nelson says the district faces greater financial stress now compared to when he was first elected due to state lawmakers making public education a lower priority. He says the board must work to keep Superintendent Jeanice Swift. "One of our problems in Ann Arbor has been a rapid turnover of the superintendent and other top administrators," Nelson says.

Trustee Irene Patalan says technology is driving a lot of change, but the core mission remains teaching kids to be good citizens and do the best they can.

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