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George F. Garcia, who has led the Kansas City, Mo., district through its massive desegregation order the past three years, has announced that he will resign effective July 31, 1991.

Mr. Garcia, 47, said he made his decision in June when the school board voted to delay a decision on whether to renew his contract, which expires next year.

During the past three years, the district has developed the bulk of its magnet-school program to help desegregate its schools. The district has been under a federal court order to desegregate since 1984.

School-board members and teachers' union officials praised Mr. Garcia's performance.

The district will soon begin the search for a replacement, officials said.

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