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Board Member Honored for 29 Years of Service to Trenton Public Schools

Trustee Carol Oakley announced she was retiring from the Trenton Board of Education in August.

Be it a job, a hobby or a marriage -- most people have trouble committing to something for 29 consecutive years. Carol Oakley isn't most people.

The Trenton Public Schools Board of Education honored Oakley Monday night with a plaque marking her 29 years of uninterrupted service to the district. Board President Mike Hawkins presented the award.

"The Trenton Public Schools, not only on their behalf, but also that of the Superintendent of Schools and the Administration, extend their congratulations for a job well done and express their sincere gratitude for the invaluable contributions Carol B. Oakley has made to the Trenton Public Schools," Hawkins said.

A short reception in honor of Oakley's time with the district followed Monday's board of education meeting where the award was presented.

Oakley thanked the district and her husband, Don Oakley, for "putting up with" her for 29 years and listening to her "complaints about the legislature."

"I just like to thank the people of Trenton for allowing me to sit here for this long," Oakley said. "It's been great. I've enjoyed almost every minute of it."

Oakley endorsed her replacement on the board, Sean Gearhart, who was in the audience.

"I feel very confident that I've got somebody to sit here that will be doing a great job," Oakley said.

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