ACKERMAN, Miss. (WTVA) - The proposed consolidation of schools in Choctaw County will have to be next year rather than this fall.
Choctaw County School Superintendent Glen Beard tells WTVA.com that the school system needed to hear from the U.S. Justice Department by today in order to get all the changes made before this fall.
Beard says the Justice Department says it could be next week or even later before officials are able to give approval.
He says officials were still trying to get all the information together as standard procedure in a process like this.
Beard says the plan calls for all ninth through 12 grade to attend Ackerman High School, and Weir school would be turned into the county's Junior High school for grades six through eight.
And, he says there will be two elementary schools, one in French Camp and one in Ackerman.
The superintendent says the plan now is to have the consolidation plan in place by the fall of 2013.
Beard says the reason for the move is to provide more opportunities for all students across the county.