Mississippi Senate votes to cut Bolivar school districts

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Bolivar County’s six school districts would be cut to three or fewer under a bill passed by the Senate Wednesday.

Proponents of the bill, citing a study, said that the bill could save more than $1 million a year in administrative costs that could be redirected to paying teachers. But Willie Simmons, a Cleveland Democrat, opposed the bill, saying he is not persuaded that Senate Bill 2760 would do anything to improve education in his home county.

Bolivar is the only county in the state with six districts. Discussion Wednesday focused on creating three, one combining West Bolivar and Benoit; one combining Cleveland and Shaw and one combining Mound Bayou and North Bolivar.

The Senate had already passed a bill to combine Sunflower County’s three districts.