AMITE, La. (AP) — The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has voted to give attorney Bob Hammonds an expanded role in dealing with its decades-old desegregation litigation as well as how new state laws affect operations of Louisiana school systems.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/KnVLXF ) the decision came Tuesday after a lengthy executive session. In making the motion to upgrade Hammonds' workload, board member Brett Duncan said that Hammonds would be attorney of record for personnel issues that come before the board.

Duncan said that the move gives school Superintendent Mark Kolwe the authority to direct legal matters to the three attorneys now representing the Tangipahoa Parish School Board in the federal desegregation case and in other legal matters.