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Donovan won't seek board re-election

Hudson Board of Education Vice President Nancy Donovan announced this week that she will not seek a sixth term on the school board.

In a statement Monday, Donovan said that she is honored to have served as a member of the Hudson School Board for the past 15 years. She is particularly proud of the high quality and dedicated staff throughout the district.

"The central administrative team is top-notch, and Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten is a skilled administrator who will lead the district to an elevated level of student achievement. The Hudson community has been very supportive of the schools and will need to continue to be engaged in future planning," wrote Donovan. She said the district has a history of sound fiscal management and long-range strategic planning positions that position it well to face the challenges of the future. "It has also been a pleasure to serve with many other administrators and school board members too numerous to mention individually."

Donovan was first elected to the board in 1991. She currently serves on the Personnel and Negotiations Committee as well as the Communications Committee and the Pupil Services Advisory Committee. She has previously served on the Long Range Planning and Policy Committees, the District Curriculum Council and a variety of other ad-hoc committees. She also helped with a number of referendum activities.

Donovan's work in education has gone beyond the Hudson School District. She was elected to represent 33 west central Wisconsin school districts on the Wisconsin Association of School Boards' board of directors in 1993. She served as president of the 15-member board in 1998 and in a leadership capacity on many committees. She represented WASB at the National School Boards Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., and at many other state and national conferences. She retired from WASB in 2003 after 10 years of service, reaching the maximum term limits for that association. She will be recognized by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards for 20 years of public school board service in January.

Donovan is a native of Sparta and served on the Sparta Board of Education for five years. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and obtained a master's degree in social work from UW-Madison. She has been employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs since 1986. She is currently a national project manager for the VA Employee Education System.

Donovan has one son, Ryan, who is a graduate of Hudson High School and currently a graduate student at Colorado State University. She has lived in Hudson since 1987.

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Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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