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After almost ten years of service, Cranbury board representative Evelyn Spann is leaving the Princeton Board of Education.

"Evelyn's patient wisdom, advocacy for good board process and passion for students and the PPS mission will be missed around our board table," said Board of Education President Beth Behrend.

Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane praised Ms. Spann for her expertise, her analytic abilities, her kindness and her nuanced understanding of teaching. "Evelyn understands the art and science of high quality teaching and that understanding informed every decision she made," he said.

Mr. Cochrane also praised Ms. Spann for her "multiple areas of expertise," ranging from the arts to athletics to chemistry.  "Most important, Evelyn is highly attuned to young people and the pressures they experience, both academic and social."

"You brought a lot to the table in our many discussions as a Board," he told her on Tuesday, her final meeting. 

Former board members who worked with Mrs. Spann, including Molly Chrien and Fern Spruill, thanked Ms. Spann for her collegiality and many years of service.

Ms. Spann will be replaced by Peter Katz, a Cranbury board member, attorney, and father of two Princeton High School students. Mr. Katz was sworn in Tuesday as the new Cranbury representative.

"Peter Katz brings seven years of school board service in the Cranbury and Upper Freehold Regional districts and professional experience in litigation, white collar criminal defense and compliance work," said Ms. Behrend. Mr. Katz also spent many years as a public prosecutor at both the federal and state level.

Mr. Katz has been actively involved with Little League, Odyssey of the Mind and multiple youth sports as a coach. "We look forward to benefitting from Peter's professional expertise and dedication to students as he joins the Princeton Board of Ed as our new Cranberry representative," said Ms. Behrend.

Princeton Public Schools has a "send-receive" relationship with Cranbury, a K-8 school district that does not have its own high school.

Evelyn Spann
Evelyn Spann
Peter Katz and Matt Bouldin
Peter Katz and Matt Bouldin shaking hands
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