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Okolona excluded from Chickasaw, Houston merger

By Bobby Harrison Special to the Chickasaw Journal   JACKSON – The Okolona Municipal School District will not be merged with the Chickasaw County and Houston Municipal school districts under an agreement worked out by House and Senate leaders. The conference report was filed late Monday night to merge the Chickasaw and Houston districts, but […]

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House votes to merge all three Chickasaw districts

By Bobby Harrison Special to the Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – The Mississippi House, by a 62-43 vote, sent back to the Senate on Tuesday legislation that would merge the three Chickasaw County school districts – Houston, Okolona and Chickasaw. Earlier this session the Senate passed a bill to merge Chickasaw and Houston, but to exclude […]

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Okolona forced into consolidation

By Bobby Harrison Special to the Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – The Okolona School District will be merged with the Houston and Chickasaw County districts under legislation that passed the House Education Committee Tuesday morning. The bill passed the Senate earlier this session merging the Houston and Chickasaw districts, but leaving Okolona as a free-standing system. […]

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Chickasaw consolidation passes Senate

By Bobby Harrison Special to the Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – Efforts to consolidate school districts in Chickasaw County are continuing during the 2017 legislative session. On Thursday, the Senate passed legislation to merge the Chickasaw and Houston school districts with 16 senators in the 52-member chamber voting no. But legislation filed this year to merge […]

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Chickasaw consolidation passes Senate

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Efforts to consolidate school districts in Chickasaw County are continuing during the 2017 legislative session. On Thursday, the Senate passed legislation to merge the Chickasaw and Houston school districts with 16 senators in the 52-member chamber voting no. But legislation filed this year to merge the […]

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Chickasaw consolidation panel meeting set

Associated Press JACKSON – Commissions on consolidating school districts in Chickasaw County and Lumberton will start this week. A panel examining Chickasaw County, Houston and Okolona districts will meet Wednesday in Houlka. Lawmakers decided not to order those three districts’ consolidation, instead requiring a study with possible future action. A panel that will decide how […]

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CONSOLIDATION: The Commission

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 will serve as chairman. Two will be appointed […]

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Commission meets, offers concerns on consolidation

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY – A 10-member Commission on Chickasaw County Consolidated School District Structure met last week at Mississippi State University. The meeting was not publicly announced by the state or local school districts who have named the members of the commission that will make suggestions to the state on consolidating […]

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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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