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OCSD agenda stays mum on consolidation

February 4, 2013

Oktibbeha County School District Conservator Margie Pulley will discuss several routine annual plans, but not the OCSD’s proposed consolidation with the Starkville School District, at the OCSD’s meeting at noon Monday at the OCSD’s offices.

No items on Pulley’s agenda, issued Friday, mentioned state Rep. Toby Barker’s bill to consolidate the SSD and the OCSD in 2015. The bill passed the MIssissippi House Education Committee Thursday, but Pulley declined to comment on the matter in detail.

“Consolidation, right now, is a legislative issue,” Pulley said. “I have been sent to Oktibbeha County to work to improve student achievement, and that’s what I’m working to do every day.”

Pulley said her first month as OCSD conservator has been a positive experience, and she has found reason to believe the district is moving in the right direction.

“The people are very cooperative and working to get the job done,” Pulley said.

Pulley said she would address six requests to enable students to transfer out of the OCSD at the meeting, but none of these requests specified intent to transfer into the SSD. Rather, she said, most of the students intended to transfer to Webster County schools.

“They were never enrolled in the OCSD, but they live in Oktibbeha County,” Pulley said. “In order to be enrolled in another school district living in this county, they had to transfer out of this county.”

Pulley said the agenda also calls for the OCSD to set plans for a graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. May 25 at the Starkville Sportsplex for both East Oktibbeha County High School and West Oktibbeha County High School. The Sportsplex hosted separate ceremonies for EOCHS and WOCHS in 2011, but in 2012, WOCHS hosted its own graduation, and the Humphrey Coliseum hosted EOCHS.

The agenda contains a few personnel recommendations, Pulley said, but none are in top administrative positions, and no employees are being terminated.

“These are after-school programs, bus drivers, those kinds of things and maybe some resignations,” Pulley said.

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