Jumpertown parents resist latest district revamp

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

BOONEVILLE – Parents of students at Jumpertown High School are mounting a legal challenge to the Prentiss County school board’s plan to eliminate the high school from the Jumpertown campus.
Attorney Daniel Tucker told school board members at their regular meeting Monday that the group is prepared to challenge any actions the board takes that hurt the students.
“The folks of Prentiss County are confused,” Tucker said. “They don’t know what’s going on with the board, and as I’ve listened at this meeting and the last meeting I’m confused too. Each board member has recommended a plan, and there has been no information provided to the public about how any of these plans are being formulated.”
Over the last 10 months, the Prentiss County school board has adopted and rescinded two different restructuring plans before adopting a third plan at a Jan. 20 special school board meeting.
The new plan calls for a restructuring in stages, with grades 9-12 being eliminated at Jumpertown High School beginning in the fall, and the campus retaining grades k-8.
The next phase, in the 2011-2012 school year, is for Jumpertown grades 7-8 to be eliminated. The final structure would be Jumpertown, Hills Chapel and Marietta having grades k-6; Wheeler and Thrasher retaining grades K-12; and New Site changing from grades 9-12 to grades 7-12.
This latest plan, approved by a split vote of 3-2, replaces a restructuring plan adopted in September. The plan approved in September resulted in two 7-12 grade high schools in the county and four k-6 elementary schools.
The district currently has two k-8 schools; three k-12 schools and one 9-12 school.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.