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With a combined 46 years of service, longtime Gladstone leaders made big impact on district

Jere Applebee, Patti Alexander and Wendy WilsonAfter contributing many years as education leaders in Gladstone schools, three administrators have announced plans to retire in June:

1. Patti Alexander has served 16 years as assistant principal at Gladstone High School, overseeing student activities, such as the school's Adopt-a-Family project. Her efforts helped raise the school's graduation rate to one of the highest in the state.

2. Jere Applebee has been an employee of the district for 20 years, serving the past three as the director of the Gladstone Center for Children and Families. Prior to that he was assistant principal at John Wetten Elementary and athletic director at Gladstone High School. School officials say his skill in partnership development benefited all three roles, resulting in successes like the new dental clinic that opened at GCCF this month.

3. Wendy Wilson, who served 10 years as principal at John Wetten Elementary, is credited with helping to develop a rigorous academic program, successful interventions for challenged learners, and a Culture of Care that helps children build social-emotional skills.

"Wendy Wilson, Jere Applebee and Patti Alexander have been remarkable leaders in this school district," said Superintendent Bob Stewart. "We will miss each one; each has made the Gladstone School District a better place."


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