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Long-Time Columbus School Board Member Perkins to Resign

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A long-time member of the Columbus Board of Education is stepping away from the organization after serving as its president for five years.

Carol Perkins will step down at the end of January, bringing a close to a tenure of more than six years with the board. Perkins began serving the organization in February, 2007 as a replacement for current Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther.

I recently retired from a 29-year career with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), Perkins said. Juggling both a full-time job and the duties as a Board member is extremely challenging. While I have loved my time with COTA and as a member of the BOE, I am ready to move into my retirement and to spend more time with my family."

Perkins served as the board's president from 2009 to 2013, when she declined to seek another term. Gary L. Baker was then chosen as the new president of the board.

"I want to thank Carol for a lifetime of public service to both COTA and Columbus City Schools," Baker said. "Carol has given so much on behalf of our students. She has been a dedicated board member and has worked hard to listen to the needs and desires of our students, staff, parents, and community."

Board member will immediately begin a search for Perkins's replacement.
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