STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- A meeting of the committee working to consolidate the Starkville and Oktibbeha County school districts focused on making necessary improvements to the county elementary schools.
The meeting was held Thursday night in Starkville.
Officials heard a report about the needs for the schools and how the county might be able to pay for the improvements.
Mississippi State officials also announced their desire to establish a Rural Center for Education as part of a partnership with MSU and the Starkville Consolidated School District.
Part of the plan includes the building of a Partnership School that could include school for all 6th and 7th graders.
Committee members dismissed the possibility of the consolidation happening by the start of the 2014-2015 school year because of money and the timing to get legal approval from the U. S. Department of Justice.
Members also say the legislature did not address how to consolidate early but does provide guidance on how the school board and superintendent will be selected.
The committee says both districts will begin the process of transitioning during 2014.