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Superintendent starts job


By Lauren Langlois

Melissa Stilley signs contract.

Melissa Stilley has signed on to be superintendent of Tangipahoa Parish School System under a two and half-year contract.

The board approved the negotiated contract for the newly selected leader on Tuesday. Before approving the contract, the board . . .


Albany and Independence clash


Caleb Lay/Daily Star

FROM DOWNTOWN -- Albany's Trey Yelverton shoots a deep three during a summer game against Independence as his coach, Chris Carter, watches.



Albany beat Independence 29-24 during the first day of three at Oak Forest Academy's varsity team camp. Each game consists of one 22 minute half so teams can play three or more games each day, giving teams lots of reps and . . .


Superintendent gets to work


Photo courtesy of Hammond chamber

Attending the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce luncheon are, from left, Chamber President and CEO Melissa Stilley, Louisiana Federal Credit Union Chief Administrative Officer Mia Perez, Superintendent Melissa Stilley, Tangipahoa Parish School Board President Therese Domiano, North Oaks Health System President/CEO Michele Kidd Sutton and chamber Chairman Elsbet Smith Hollywood. Stilley announced today her transition team includes Brad Johnson, an organization change management consultant, who will facilitate the work of the transitional team; Angie Drago, director of Hammond High's Pro-Start program and the 2017 Louisiana State High School Teacher of the Year; Rhonda Vaccaro, principal of Roseland Montessori and a finalist for the 2018 Louisiana State Principal of the Year; Ashton Lee, a Tangipahoa high school freshman and the 2018 winner of the Tangipahoa Parish Middle School Student of the Year award; Sydney Rivers, the 2018 Tangipahoa Parish High School Student of the Year and an entering freshman at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Rivers is also a member of the SLU Lady Lions Basketball team; Judge Blair D. Edwards, 21st Judicial District Court Juvenile Division Judge; Marcus Downs, an Amite-area school bus driver who serves on the parish's school transportation committee; Alishia Ancar, an educational consultant from the Louisiana Department of Education; Mayson Foster, former Mayor of Hammond and retired banker; Kim Soape Walker, communications specialist and former educator; Melissa Bordelon, President and CEO of the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce; Lona Hankins, a facilities expert with the Louisiana Department of Education and the Recovery School District of Louisiana; and Jeff Jarreau, Human Resources director at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond.


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