Says 35-year-old Maryland native Taren Nance, whose hire was approved Tuesday night by the Urbana school board: “I’m not a principal that just sees kids when you’re in trouble. No, I’m coming to you when you’re good. I’m asking you to talk to me. ... I’m going to be everywhere you are, because I want you to know that you have a guy who’s truly in your corner."

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