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Tate Announces Retirement

Davenport School District

A long career in education will end next year. Monday night, Davenport Superintendent Art Tate notified the school board that he wants to retire in June, 2019.

Tate has led the Davenport school district since 2011, as it dealt with challenges including declining enrollment, closing schools, and state funding. And he still faces a hearing with state officials over his defiance of limits on spending by the district.

In his brief letter to the board, Dr. Tate says, "My motivation comes from the desire to progress to the next phase of my life. I have worked as a full-time professional for 58 years, and I am ready to stop while I can still enjoy life."