Miss. lawmakers eye Clarksdale-Coahoma schools merger - Mid-South News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | FOX13

Miss. lawmakers eye Clarksdale-Coahoma schools merger

Posted: Updated:
  • Miss. lawmakers eye Clarksdale-Coahoma schools mergerMore>>

  • Get FOX13 Breaking News on your mobile device

    Get FOX13 Breaking News on your mobile device

    Friday, October 4 2013 3:43 PM EDT2013-10-04 19:43:45 GMT
    Get breaking news alerts on your mobile device direct from the FOX13 news desk. On average, you could get as many as three to five alerts on a busy day, as the news merits. Just fill out the form below
    Get breaking news alerts on your mobile device direct from the FOX13 news desk. On average, you could get as many as three to five alerts on a busy day, as the news merits. Just fill out the form below
CLARKSDALE, Miss. (FOX13) -

Memphis and Shelby County schools merger in 2013 in western Tennessee dominated headlines in the Mid-South for months, but a new school merger in north Mississippi is on the horizon.

Clarksdale City and Coahoma County school districts could be forced to consolidate by the state Legislature.

READ: Mississippi House Bill 760

Mississippi House Bill 760 originally called for the consolidation of more than 20 city and county school administrations across the Magnolia State.
 
But when the bill came out of committee, Clarksdale and Coahoma County were the only school systems to be consolidated.

House Education Committee members cited everything from low attendance to low performance to administration being top heavy as the reason they want to consolidate Coahoma County and Clarksdale City Schools. Some who live in Coahoma County think the state needs to look at a different solution.

"Maybe they need someone to come in from the state and monitor the actual teachers and students," said Morgan Brown of Clarksdale.

Clarksdale City Schools Superintendent Dennis Dupree would not speak on camera but said he's opposed to consolidation as is his board, the county school board, and Coahoma County schools Superintendent Pauline Rhodes.

The Magnolia State cites a low performance and an average of a 50-percent graduation rate between Coahoma County  and Clarksdale City Schools as part of the reason for consolidation.

"Well it doesn't say much for the schools," said Lakecia Brown, Clarksdale resident. "It seems like some improvement should be done. It doesn't say much. I don't know what goes on with the school system but it doesn't say much with it."

Superintendent Dupree said there are school districts in Mississippi that have performed much worse than Clarksdale city and Coahoma County districts. The state should look at them first and leave the Coahoma County and Clarksdale School districts alone, Dupree added.

Dupree said he plans to lead a delegation to Jackson to protest the consolidation bill, saying his district is poised to move forward in great strides.

Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices