JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - On Wednesday, the Mississippi Senate passed a bill school consolidation plan that would eliminate the Lumberton Public School District.
The senate passed three bills to consolidate nine districts, a move supporters say will eliminate duplicate services and send more tax dollars to classrooms.
"Consolidating districts is about putting more money in the classroom and less in the district office," Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. "It's about providing more resources for the students and improving their educational opportunities. Combining districts allows these communities to draw on a larger tax base to direct more money to classroom needs such as teachers, AP classes or technology."
Since 2012, the legislature has reduced the number of school districts to 144 from 152.
Senate Bill 2500 would merge the Lumberton district, which has 585 students, with neighboring Poplarville and Lamar County districts. Poplarville is a relatively small district with just 1,927 students. Lamar County schools have 9,996 students.
The bills passed today include Senate Bill 2495 that combines districts of Montgomery County, which has 273 students; Carroll County, which has 1,035 students; and Winona, which has 1,123 students.
Senate Bill 2497 that consolidates Houston School District, which has 1,781 students, and Okolona Separate School District, which has 690 students, into the Chickasaw County School District, which has 512 students.