St. Martin board could need court approval for construction projects under desegregation case

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ST. MARTINVILLE, Louisiana — The St. Martin Parish School Board could be required to seek approval from a federal judge for any major renovation, maintenance or construction projects that are questioned in the school system's recently revived desegregation case.

The school board agreed last month to give the Justice Department and attorneys with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund notice of all new projects valued at $150,000 or more.

The Advocate reports ( court approval would be needed to move forward if either party is opposed to a project and a compromise can't be reached.

Attorney Pam Dill, who is representing the school board, says the agreement does not affect any projects the board already has approved.

Dill said the impact of the agreement is expected to be minimal because no major projects are planned.

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