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Houlka names consolidation commissioners

By Hank Wiesner   Special to the Chickasaw Journal     HOULKA  — The Chickasaw County School Board earlier in April appointed two senior district officials to a commission studying consolidation of Chickasaw County’s three districts, and updated plans to construct a replacement building for one destroyed by fire about nearly two years ago.   […]

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CONSOLIDATION: The Commission

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – The following is a brief synopsis of The Commission on Chickasaw County Consolidated School District Structure as proposed by an amendment to House Bill 991.   WHO: The commission shall be composed of ten members. One commissioner will be appointed by the State Superintendent of Education and […]

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Chickasaw districts get consolidation reprieve

    By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Chickasaw County school districts consolidation, which looked to be a certainty at one point during the 2016 legislative session, will be delayed until at least 2017. The House, by a 100-16 vote Wednesday, sent to Gov. Phil Bryant legislation to establish a 10-member Commission […]

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Chickasaw consolidation likely headed to study commission

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The merger of the three school districts in Chickasaw County will be delayed for at least a year under legislation that is pending before the House. In the coming days, the House can send the proposal to Gov. Phil Bryant or invite a conference committee with […]

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Changes made to consolidation bill

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – House Bill 991 that would consolidate Houston, Okolona and Houlka schools is headed to the House floor with major changes to the legislation made in committee. The bill passed the House Education Committee as local school officials traveled to Jackson Thursday, Feb. 19 to voice their […]

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Chickasaw consolidation bill moves through Senate

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Sen. Russell Jolly, D-Houston, unsuccessfully offered a proposal to require each of the 82 counties in the state to have a single school district. Jolly offered his amendment as a way to voice objections to a Senate bill that merges the Okolona, Houston and Chickasaw County […]

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Okolona superintendent concerned over consolidation

  By Hank Wiesner   Special to the Chickasaw Journal     OKOLONA – Okolona Superintendent Dexter Green said this week he and hundreds of patrons of the Okolona School District are opposed to consolidating with the other two school districts in Chickasaw County to form a single countywide school system.   Green also said […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: How much do you know?

FLOYD INGRAM: How much do you know?   Now, now, everybody just settle down a little! There is a story on Page One about the Legislature wanting to consolidate Houston, Okolona and Houlka schools and call it Chickasaw County Consolidated School District. Please read it and ponder what it says, what might happen and how […]

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Schools in Chickasaw County face potential consolidation

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – A bill that proposes consolidation of the Houston, Chickasaw County and Okolona school districts has reached the House Education Committee in the Legislature. The bill would combine nine schools – Houlka Attendance Center, Houston High School, Houston Lower Elementary, Houston Upper Elementary, Houston Middle School, Houston Vocational […]

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EDITORIAL: School Consolidation

News last week that the one of the first major deadlines in the Mississippi Legislature had killed a bill that would consolidate Houlka and Okolona School has been met with cheers and jeers by folks across this community. Senator Russell Jolly’s comment that joining a failing school district with a passing school district is not […]

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Houlka/Okolona consolidation bill dies

  CHICKSAW COUNTY – A bill to consolidate Chickasaw County Schools in Houlka and Okolona schools was killed in committee in the Mississippi Legislature this month, but the idea, which popped up last year, is far from dead. Mississippi lawmakers were asked to consider administrative school consolidations in several counties this session. The bill affecting […]

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Lawmakers eye elected school superintendents

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – School districts with elected superintendents would vote this November on whether to switch to an appointed superintendent under legislation passed Thursday by the House Education Committee. The effort is the latest attempt to change the governance structure of Mississippi’s public school districts. The state currently has […]

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School consolidation bill eyes Okolona/Chickasaw

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau   JACKSON – Four Northeast Mississippi school districts would be consolidated under legislation proposed by Rep. Brad Mayo, R-Oxford. Amory and Aberdeen would be merged, while the Okolona and Chickasaw County districts would be consolidated in Mayo’s proposal, which consolidates 21 districts into 11. He conceded Tuesday the […]

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Good schools, good communities

All schools in Chickasaw County start this week. For the first time in over 12 years Ingrams only have one young man in local schools. Schools are so critical the quality of life of any town. Good communities have good schools. — I can’t say enough about the Houston Solar Car team’s 13th consecutive victory […]

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