Abilene Public Schools Interim Superintendent Gary Nelson thanked the Board of Education, school staff and Abilene community for everyone’s support this past school year.

Nelson made his comments June 10 during the board’s final regular meeting of the year. His temporary term of superintendent ends June 30. New Superintendent Greg Brown’s first day is July 1.

“My appreciation for the district office staff is out of the roof and I appreciate the administrators, teachers, staff and even the community,” Nelson said. “You have a great district. You are doing good things and it will continue on. I appreciate the opportunity to be of service to you guys this year.”

Nelson also commended Assistant Superintendent Chris Cooper for all the extra work Cooper did this year.

“He (Cooper) reminds me of some of the guys I served with in the military. You just step up and get it done,” Nelson said. “Chris sat in on meetings with me and Mr. (Greg) Brown so he can have connections with what was said and he can share with Mr. Brown when he comes in for continuity on the transition.

“He’s done a nice job and I appreciate it,” Nelson added.

Nelson came out of retirement to serve Abilene Public Schools as interim superintendent this school year following the retirement of former Superintendent Denise Guy.

Rather than hurriedly trying to find a replacement last year, the school board opted to hire an interim superintendent for 2018-19 and take the necessary time to find and hire a replacement superintendent.

Contact Tim Horan at editor@abilene-rc.com.

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