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Updated: 1/24 12:40 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - A ceremony in Starkville marked the formal consolidation report being submitted to the state legislature.

It comes from the commission that's charged with combining Starkville and Oktibbeha County Public Schools into one.

Starkville Superintendent Lewis Holloway said, "There's never been a failing district consolidated with a successful district in Mississippi. As the legislature moves forward I think the work we've done here will help with other consolidations. It will help identify the issues that the districts face."

For months the commission on the new Starkville Consolidated School District has worked to come up with suggestions that now go before state lawmakers.

Commission members say the report is a result of the many public meetings and community input on this issue.

Commission member Rex Buffington said, "This commission report is really a reflection of what the community has decided is the best path forward. That's really what we're celebrating today."

One big part of the consolidation is a new partnership with Mississippi State University.

Plans call for a new partnership school for grades six and seven that will work closely with MSU.

Also a pre-K program for all four-year-olds in Oktibbeha County is being proposed.

Funding requests for both local and state dollars are in the report.

It's needed action that many say has been decades in the making.

Christopher Taylor with the Oktibbeha County NAACP said, "This is a great move today. If you go to either of the county schools they still have dial-up internet service. That tells you the difference right there on the research for the young kids."

This formal report now moves to the state legislature to make these changes happen.
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