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Poor conditions of schools could spur more consolidation debate

JACKSON — Reports of decrepit buildings, illiterate high school students and bloated employee rolls could fuel another round of school district consolidation by the Mississippi Legislature. Bob Strebeck, who runs the Leflore County system since the state took control last year, told Senate Education Committee members yesterday that conditions in the 2,800-student system are the worst he’s seen in six ...

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Judge orders school consolidation, district expects to save money

ACKERMAN — A federal judge has ordered Choctaw County to consolidate all seventh through 12th graders at Ackerman High School while leaving grades K through 8 at schools in Ackerman, Weir and French Camp. WCBI-TV in Columbus reports the order was issued by U.S. District Judge Glenn Davidson. The Choctaw County School Board had drawn up a consolidation proposal in ...

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School consolidation committee to meet next week

JACKSON — A committee studying public school consolidation meets in Jackson June 28 when it is expected to review a draft report. Gov. Haley Barbour had asked that the Commission on Mississippi Education Structure finish its work by early April, but said it was more important to develop a good report than to meet a deadline. Pete Smith, a spokesman ...

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Board approves school merger talks

POPLARVILLE — The Poplarville School Board has approved the opening of discussions with Pearl River County about merging the districts’ alternative schools. The Picayune Item reports Poplarville superintendent Carl Merritt was given permission this week to being talks with county schools leader Dennis E. Penton. The county school district has a fully accredited, daytime alternative school. Poplarville has a night ...

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