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School Board Picks Lee's Replacement

Kim Ellison beat out parent activists and former school board members.

Tuesday night, the Minneapolis school board selected Kim Ellison to replace outgoing board member Lydia Lee. Ellison will serve until January of 2012, when the winners of the 2012 school board elections will be seated.

Ellison works at the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties, a social service agency serving the east and north metro. According to her resume, posted last week by the Star-Tribune, Ellison acts as a project manager and a liaison to the organization's board. Before that, she was a teacher for twelve years. She has also been a board member for the community-organizing group Parents United for Public Schools, a chair of the Minneapolis NAACP education committee, and a member of the North High Advisory Committee.

Ellison is the former wife of Minneapolis congressman Keith Ellison.

Other candidates included parent activist Peggy Clark, former board member Theatrice "T" Williams, and former school board candidate David DeGrio

As Southwest Minneapolis Patch reported last month, . Her resignation takes effect Jan. 1, 2012.

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