JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- An amendment has been made to a bill seeking to merge the Starkville and Oktibbeha County schools into one district.
The Senate Education Committee passed the amended version of the bill Tuesday morning.
The change calls for the creation of an advisory committee to review both districts and recommend how the consolidation could take place.
The advisory panel would be made up of seven members: the State Superintendent of Education, two members appointed by the Starkville School District, two residents of the former Oktibbeha County School District, the conservator of the OCSD, and a representative from Mississippi State.
If the bill becomes law, the committee would be required to submit their recommendations to lawmakers by January 1, 2014.