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Aug 17, 2011 10:24 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Tangipahoa board OKs new desegregation officer

AMITE, la. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has unanimously approved the appointment of Theresa Hamilton as the system's new chief desegregation officer.
The Advocate reports Tuesday night's appointment is subject to the approval of U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, who oversees the district's 46-year-old desegregation suit.
The job of the desegregation officer is to supervise all implementation aspects of the system's court-approved desegregation plan.
Hamilton, who has been serving for a week in an interim capacity, will succeed Lynell Higgenbotham, who abruptly resigned Aug. 5.

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