Panel to Study School Consolidation

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Haley Barbour has formed a commission to review Mississippi's current public school district structure and make recommendations on consolidation.

Barbour said Monday that Bancorp South Chairman and CEO Aubrey Patterson of Tupelo will chair the panel that also includes legislators, education specialists and business leaders.

When Barbour released his proposed state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, he included school consolidation as a means of saving money.

Barbour says the state's education system is a "model of inefficiency" because there are 152 school districts in 82 counties. The commission's report is due
April 1.

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  • by Citizen Location: Neshoba co. on Jan 6, 2010 at 02:24 PM
    i think it's a bad idea. for some schools such as kemper co. has a bad behavior problem amongst the students, and the administration like jackie pollack is a bad idea to have running the schools. why punish good schools and force them to come together eith bad schools. how about this as a joke, since there are such poor schools like kemper, just make them larger. that will be safe. i hope someone pays attention to this mess. i am very sadden by a idea from the Gov. that i voted for...
  • by Citizen Location: Lauderdale County on Dec 22, 2009 at 10:48 AM
    This commission is a waste of money. School districts will not consolidate from outside pressure. Good school districts have everything to lose and nothing to gain by cosolidating with a poor district. LCSD, for instance, would be out of its mind to consolidate with MPSD. One of the main reasons people left Meridian and went to the county was the school district.
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