Cindy Bania-Carter, at left in photos, executive director of exceptional student education for the Pinellas County School District, turns in her work cellphone and tablet to senior account clerk Melissa Kegler, right, on Wednesday at district headquarters in Largo. It was Bania-Carter's last day on the job before retiring after 33 years with the district. One of her accomplishments was a program to prepare special-needs students, ages 18 to 22, for the work world. "I always believed that the child's needs came first and it was our job to figure out what it was to make that child be successful," said Bania-Carter, 58, who has a sister with special needs. About 13 percent of the district's 101,000 students have disabilities.
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