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Bob Parks leaving Broward School Board

Bob Parks, the longest-serving member of the Broward School Board, said Wednesday he is dropping out of his reelection race.

His departure marks the end of an era in Broward: Parks has been in his Northeast Broward seat for 24 years. Last month, Parks drew his first challenger in more than a decade in teacher Nora Rupert of Coconut Creek.

Last week, board members agreed to name a second high school athletic facility after Parks. But the vote was not unanimous, and some Coconut Creek parents have been upset that Parks supported a move last year that changed attendance boundaries in his district and in Stephanie Kraft's Northwest Broward district. Kraft is also not seeking reelection.

More candidates could still jump in the race: qualifying does not end until next month.

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