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Jan 3, 2014 7:10 AM by AP

Sides disagree on building 3 Tangipahoa schools

AMITE, La. (AP) - Tangipahoa Parish School Board officials and attorneys for plaintiffs in the board's ongoing desegregation lawsuit are battling over whether the board has enough money to build three new elementary schools as required by the board's 2010 federal desegregation order.

Nelson Taylor, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, says in court documents the board has more than enough money for the schools.

School officials deny that claim, saying the parish would not have enough money to run the schools if built.

The Advocate reports Taylor filed a motion asking U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to hold a hearing to determine whether the board should be held in contempt of court for what Taylor calls a willful refusal to implement the 2010 order.

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