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Michelle Allen, principal at E.P. Clarke Elementary School in St. Joseph, is retiring at the end of this school year.

ST. JOSEPH — Michelle Allen’s last semester as principal for E.P. Clarke Elementary School has been an odd one.

Shortly after the Watervliet resident announced her intention to retire, school districts across the region were forced to adapt to e-learning as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold and forced students to learn from home. What would have been a lengthy goodbye for her last semester has left Allen with only a few in-person glimpses of her students.

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