STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Since early October, the Oktibbeha County School District has been run by the state through a conservator.
Now, there is a bill in the Legislature that seeks to combine the county school district with the Starkville School District.
One county supervisor said the proposal should be viewed in a good light.
"I think we do need to be talking positive about this. How this can be a benefit to our community?" said Board of Supervisors President Orlando Trainer.
And Trainer is not alone.
Supervisors voted 4-to-1 Monday evening to support a consolidation of the county and city schools.
"I think the Board of Supervisors has a charge to look out for what is in the best interest of the residents of this county. Whether they live in Starkville, Sturgis, Maben, what have you, this consolidation issue is one issue that is very important to the quality of life in Oktibbeha County," said Trainer.
While Trainer supports bringing the districts together, he knows there will be some challenges in actually making that happen.
"But I think that as we move through this process, I think Oktibbeha County will benefit. And when I say Oktibbeha County, I mean Starkville as well will continue to benefit. And the number one benefactor we are focused on is the children," added Trainer.
The proposal still must clear more hurdles in the Legislature for it to become law.