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Louisiana school district chooses new superintendent

April 19, 2019

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) — A Louisiana school district has a new leader in place.

The Livingston Parish School Board, in a 5-4 vote Thursday, picked Assistant Superintendent Joe Murphy to take over the top job.

News outlets report Murphy will replace Rick Wentzel as superintendent. In February, Wentzel announced his retirement after three years in the position. Although Wentzel’s contract ends June 15, he has said he will step down to allow his successor to begin serving immediately.

Murphy has worked in the Livingston Parish School System since 1992, serving as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and supervisor. He’s credited with managing much of the district’s recovery from the August 2016 flood.

A salary and contract were not discussed Thursday. Wentzel has been paid an annual salary of $135,000.

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