Video: Clay County Residents Weigh In on Proposed Consolidation Bill

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CLAY COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – While the House continues to work on their bill, the Senate Education Committee has approved a similar bill for the school districts of West Point and Clay County. Bill 2637 is headed to the Senate for full consideration.

District 9 Republican Senator Gray Tollison introduced the measure to merge both districts into one that would be named the West Point Consolidated School District.

We asked some of you what you think about the proposed bill.

“I think that anything that’s unified, anything that involves team work is actually great because one person might not have the same problem but they might have the solution.”

“I’m in favor of it, school district is too small.”

“I feel it would be good, I think it would save, they would combine everything and that saves us the tax payers some money.”

There are about 165 students who attend West Clay Elementary including Pre-K students.

If the bill passes those 165 students would be joined with the 3200 Students from West Point City schools.

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  • Gale

    Personally, I feel like it is not a good idea to consolidate the two schools. West Clay Elementary is a school full of small talented children and a well educated staff. If these two schools consolidate and West Clay shuts down, there will be many small children on long bus rides. They will leave before daylight and will not be home until sunset. My child goes to this school and I do not want her riding 30+ mins. on a bus. If consolidation is necessary, leave those children where they are located. Many parents are not happy to hear of this. We feel that the Senate and Mr. Gray Tollison should consider parents concerns and hardships this may cause for the parents located in West Clay, before passing any consolidation bill.