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Top changes for agency that took over New Orleans schools

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The state agency that took control of most New Orleans public schools after Hurricane Katrina is making changes at the top as the city school board prepares to reclaim local school governance.

Officials announced Thursday that the current Louisiana Recovery School District superintendent, Patrick Dobard, is leaving to take a job with a nonprofit group that supports New Orleans charter schools.

Taking over from Dobard will be Kunjan Narechania (KUHN'-jahn nah-rih-CHAHN'-ee ah), who will have dual titles of assistant state superintendent, and superintendent of the RSD. She will oversee the transition of dozens of schools back to local governance.

Also Thursday, Dana Peterson was named an assistant state superintendent. He'll head up the Baton Rouge Achievement Zone, a system of more than a dozen public charter schools in Baton Rouge.

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