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BY JOSH PRESLEY
The qualification period to run for one of two elected positions in the West Point Consolidated School District began Wednesday and runs through Sept. 5.
Mississippi passed legislation in September to consolidate the West Point and Clay County School districts into the new West Point Consolidated School District, set to take effect next year.
The new law prescribes a five-member school board for the consolidated district: Three members must reside inside the city limits of West Point, to be appointed by the mayor and board of selectmen, and two members must reside in Clay County outside the city limits, elected by constituents.
Deputy Superintendent of the Mississippi Department of Education Mike Kent said the department's job was to create two board-member districts, with and east/west scenario constructed along existing court lines. He said the idea was to split the districts across court lines to avoid split voting districts.
Clay County School District Superintendent Mae Brewer said the new districts were divided in a way that was best for residents in the county.
"We've got the best chance of getting people from the old CCSD a spot on the board using this system," Brewer said.
Clay County Circuit Clerk Bob Harrell said voting for the consolidated district positions would take place during the Nov. 4 general election. He said a potential candidate must live in the district they wish to represent and must present a petition with at least 50 signatures from that district before they can be added to the ballot.
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