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Video: Choctaw School Consolidation

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CHOCTAW COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI)- Choctaw School Superintendent Glen Beard confirms 22 positions have been cut from the district.

Beard would not specify which positions were cut or from what school, but tells WCBI it was a seniority based policy.

The cuts follow the districts consolidation plan to have one middle and high school.

The new school will be known as Choctaw County High.

Also, in Monday night’s board meeting, the Choctaw School District voted not to allow two Weir High School seniors to become valedictorian and salutatorian.

School board members voted unanimously 5 to 0 to uphold their policy.

Just days before the graduation, both Cordasha Woodard and Lanikki Patterson learned they were not eligible for the honors because they did not take a foreign language course.

Superintendent Beard says everything the family needed to know was written in the handbook, but both young women argue that school leaders and counselors dropped the ball and should have done a better job.

“When I set up my classes and I asked her, she said what college was I going to? I said a community and she said I don’t need those classes. So if you knew I was at the top, you could’ve informed me. It just doesn’t fall back on us, the principal and the counselor plays a big part in this too,” said Lanikki Patterson. Patterson would have been Salutatorian.

Beard also says transition committees are working on the Choctaw County High’s new mascot, motto and colors.

Officials should have updates on those items by the end of the summer.