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The York City School District lost one board member, gained one board member, and is losing two principals.

The board formally accepted the resignation of Gregg Nelson, who informed the board about two weeks ago he was quitting because he didn't have enough time.

In his place, board president Margie Orr put Diane Brown up for a vote. Brown was unanimously approved and will serve until next December, with next fall's election determining who fills out the last two years of Nelson's term.

Orr said she chose Brown because she's "a big supporter of this district for many, many years."

Brown, who works for Columbia Gas, is no stranger to the board. She is a former co-president of York City's Parent Advocates for Children and applied for a seat on the board in 2010 when Tom Foust died.

Principals leaving: The board also approved the resignation of Jackson Elementary principal Rhea Simmons and the upcoming Jan. 4 retirement of Goode Elementary principal Debbie Hummel.

Hummel, who first started working in York City in 1980 as a temporary sub in Goode Elementary, rose to acting assistant superintendent for elementary education in recent years before deciding she wanted to be closer to the students and returned to being a principal.

Hummel, who had taught some of the board members' children and had Vice President Joe Biden visit her school last school year, had some parting words for the district.

"It was definitely a calling. It was never just a job," Hummel said.

- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com