School consolidation takes place in fall

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 5/03/2013 5:34 pm
ACKERMAN, Miss. (WTVA) -- Choctaw County School District Superintendent Glenn Beard says the effort to consolidate schools has been a painful one.

"It's not a process that anybody ever wants to do, but it's a process that had to be done to continue to provide the best education for our students and it's a process that had to be done to maintain control of our school district to protect the state of Mississippi from taking over because of finances because we wouldn't have been able to meet payroll had something not been done."

The district has relied upon reserves during recent years due to a shortfall in tax collections.

Consolidation was the route they chose to make the most of what they have in cash and people.

In all, 22 lost their jobs in the process.

Beginning with the fall semester, students in grades 7 through 12 will all be attending classes at the former Ackerman High School or what will be called the Choctaw County High School.

Students in Pre-K through the sixth grade will attend schools in Weir, Ackerman and French Camp.

Graduating senior Larrel Jobe is not in favor of the consolidation.

"We got so much new equipment and a new facility and field house and we just had redecorated the baseball field. I think we wasted money more than saving it by consolidating."

"It's gonna happen. We have a lot of questions and concerns about it, so we're just waiting to see what happens," Jamie McHan said.

Superintendent Beard says they are taking measures to try to make the transition a smooth one. They plan to hold an open house to allow one and all to see their new school as well as meet teachers and administrators.
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