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Alan Mealka to retire

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Alan Mealka, longtime superintendent of Tennessee School for the Deaf, is retiring this week after leading the school for 20 years. He is third longest-serving superintendent in the history of TSD, which is 172 years old and has always been in Knoxville.

Mealka, 67, has spent most of his professional life working with youth who are deaf. He was once superintendent of the North Dakota School for the Deaf in Devils Lake, N.D. Born and raised in Lafayette, Ind., he graduated from Ball State University in 1978 with a master’s in special education for the deaf after receiving his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

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