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School district seeks voter OK to borrow for new high school

A south Mississippi county wants voters' permission to borrow $14 million to build a new consolidated high school, but some public officials are opposing the plan.

Posted: Jul. 1, 2018 11:26 PM

PRENTISS, Miss. (AP) — A south Mississippi county wants voters' permission to borrow $14 million to build a new consolidated high school, but some public officials are opposing the plan.

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WDAM-TV reports the Jefferson Davis County school district has set a Sept. 4 referendum, proposing a new high school. The county consolidated Prentiss and Bassfield high schools last year, and Superintendent Will Russell says students need a modern, centrally located building.

County Supervisor Macon "Corky" Holliman says some concerns center around how the school board wants to conduct the vote, but says voters also fear rising taxes. Public reports haven't stated by how much taxes would rise. There are also concerns that the proposed site in the Carson community is too rural.

At least 60 percent of voters must approve the bond issue.

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