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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Rapides Parish School Board has opted to end its contract with the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office and retain James Downs as the board's attorney upon his retirement from the DA's office.

As the Rapides Parish DA, Downs has represented the board since 1994.

Board President Janet Dixon stressed the importance of establishing and developing a positive working relationship with the board's attorney during a recent board meeting.

When Downs retires from his position as district attorney, the board can retain him as a private attorney at the state-regulated rate of no more than $175 per hour. Board member Steve Berry estimated the board could retain Downs' services 22 hours per month to stay within $50,000 per year range.

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