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Jun 17, 2011 10:48 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

St. Helena board backs new superintendent

GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - The St. Helena School Board has given new Superintendent Kelli Joseph her first major victory, voting to replace four senior administrators and remove the lone elementary school's principal.
Curriculum Supervisor Nedra Payne, Supervisor of Transportation/Child Welfare Vereta Lee and Title I Supervisor Inez Jackson will be moved to other assignments immediately, Joseph said.
Their contracts run through June 30, but require 120 days notice that they will not be renewed, Joseph said.
Supervisor of Special Education Rena Claiborne will work through the end of her contract in February, Joseph said.
Elementary Principal Arlene Kennedy will be moved to another position within the school system until her contract expires in February, Joseph said.
The cuts are part of a reorganization plan Joseph presented to the board Thursday night.
The system will advertise for four supervisor positions with new titles and responsibilities, but reduced salaries, Joseph said.
Payne said she had just found out about the move Wednesday.
"She (Joseph) never met with me, not once, to know what my contribution to the system was," Payne said. "I do think it's personal."

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