Linda Hansen, who was elected to the board in 2014, spoke at the beginning of Thursday’s monthly meeting and said she would be stepping down as she moves to a new home outside of her district. With her departure, the board will also lose one of its strong advocates for students with disabilities.

“One of the reasons I ran is because I never heard anybody talk about how what the board was doing was going to affect special needs kids,” she said, trying not to cry. “I’ve begged and I’ve pleaded and I’ve shed a lot of tears at this table for them. So please do not forget them.”

Hansen represented the west side of Salt Lake County, including West

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