Leader of Iowa schools for deaf, blind to retire

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The man who leads special schools for deaf and blind students in Iowa has announced plans to retire.

Patrick Clancy, superintendent of the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, has notified the Board of Regents of his plans to retire effective June 30.

Clancy has led the school for the blind in Vinton since August 2008. In 2012, the regents put him in charge of both schools after superintendent Jeanne Prickett of the Council Bluffs-based school for the deaf left for a job in Florida.

The regents are expected to accept Clancy’s retirement during a telephone meeting Wednesday, and authorize a search for his replacement.

Former Regent Rose Vasquez, who left the board in 2011, is expected to lead the search committee.

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