Dec 15, 2011 8:20 AM by Sharlee Barriere

Evangeline School Unitary Status Coming

VILLIE PLATTE, La. (AP) - The 42-year-old Evangeline Parish school desegregation case may be coming to an end in 2012.
Superintendent Toni Hamlin says that she, school board attorney Robert Hammonds, Franz Marshal of the U.S. Justice Department and Marion Over White, an attorney for the original plaintiff, had a one-hour conference call with U.S. District Court Judge Tucker Melancon on Friday.
Hammonds was notified to have a motion filed by Feb. 15 asking the federal court to declare unitary status for the Evangeline Parish school system, stating there are no longer any vestiges of segregated schools.
A hearing has been scheduled for May 16 in federal court on the request for the unitary status filing. Once the court declares unitary status, all supervision of the schools reverts to the school board.


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