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By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Bills moving forward in the Senate would merge the Clay County and West Point school districts and give agricultural high schools in Coahoma and Hinds counties to the county school boards.

Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, says Clay County, the smallest district in the state, spends almost $350,000 on administration for fewer than 150 students. The district already contracts to send junior high and high school students to West Point.

The committee also approved a bill to give Coahoma Agricultural High School and Hinds Agricultural High School back to their respective county school districts. Hinds has said it will close the school there.

The move comes a year after lawmakers forced the merger of five Bolivar County districts into two and three Sunflower County districts into one.

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