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Arlington school board gets 1st Latino leader

Tuesday - 7/3/2012, 12:01pm  ET

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Arlington County School Board has named its first Latino board leader.

The Washington Post ( http://tinyurl.com/7czjtx9) reports that Emma Violand-Sanchez will serve as the school board chairman for the next year. Violand-Sanchez, a Bolivian-born educator, had been serving as the board's vice chairman until her election Monday.

She oversaw the system's English-as-a-second-language programs before retiring in 2007. Latino children are Arlington's largest minority group.

The board also voted Monday to extend the contract of the school system's superintendent for another four years. Patrick K. Murphy will earn an annual salary of about $209,975, which includes a 5 percent increase that he must contribute to the state retirement system. Murphy became chief of 22,000-student school system in 2009.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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