Judge denies request to declare school staff desegregated
AMITE - A U.S. District Judge has denied the Tangipahoa Parish School Board's request for its staff to be declared desegregated, saying the board needs to provide more information.
The Daily Star of Hammond reports that in June, the school board requested a final declaration on unitary status for staff assignment, which would mean the court would no longer supervise the school system's staff employment decisions.
In its request, the board argued that the school system has met its 40 percent black, 60 percent white diversity goal among staff.
However, Judge Ivan L.R. Lamelle said attorneys representing the board didn't provide adequate information for him to grant final unitary status. He dismissed the request without prejudice, meaning the board can make the request again in the future.