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Consolidation bill sent to House Education Committee

February 21, 2013

A Mississippi Senate Bill requesting the consolidation of the West Point School District and the Clay County School District is now being considered by the Mississippi House of Representatives Education Committee.
The Bill, which passed the Senate last Friday, was sent to the House Education Committee this Thursday.
District 38 State Representative Tyrone Ellis said after the House Education Committee reviews the bill it will be brought to the floor of the House, which is expected to be done sometime next week. If the House does not make any changes to the bill it will likely be passed with a majority vote. It will then be sent on to the governor’s desk for Governor Phil Bryant’s review and signature.
The bill, which was introduced by Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison, has moved quickly through the legislature since it was first introduced last month. Ellis said it’s good that’s the bill is moving quickly so that the consolidation issue can be resolved.
West Clay Elementary School is the only school in the Clay County School District and houses about 165 students from kindergarten to sixth grade. Some legislators believe putting West Clay Elementary under the administration of the West Point School District is the best thing to do and would save the state a substantial amount of money.
If signed by the governor the consolidation of school districts will take effect next July.

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