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LA Unified names school after late board member Marguerite LaMotte

LA School Report | December 5, 2014

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Late LA Unified school board member Marguerite LaMotte

Late LA Unified school board member Marguerite LaMotte

Today, on the one-year anniversary of her death, LA Unified today named a school after Marguerite LaMotte, a decade-long member of the school board.

The district held a celebration event at what is now known as Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte Elementary School at 4410 Orchard Ave. in South LA that was hosted by George McKenna, who won LaMotte’s vacant seat in August, Superintendent Ramon Cortines and the school’s principal, Doramanda Higuchi, according to a district press release.

The school originally opened in 2012 as South Region Elementary School #10. LaMotte herself was at the school’s groundbreaking ceremony.

“Today was a day of celebration,” LaMotte said at the school’s groundbreaking ceremony, according to a district press release. “I was so pleased with today’s speeches from three students who indicated that this school will make a positive impact on their lives and the lives of others. One the speakers is the daughter of one of my former students. I am so proud of her and every child here today. This new school will bring us closer to relieving two nearby elementary schools.”

LaMotte died on Dec. 5, 2013 at the age of 80. A former teacher and principal, she was first elected to the board in 2003 and was reelected in 2007 and 2011.

Click here to read LA School Report‘s story about her death.


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