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Amended bill passes the House
by Amanda Sexton Ferguson, Editor and Publisher
Mar 27, 2014 | 151 views | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JACKSON -- The Mississippi House of Representatives passed the amended consolidation bill for Winona and Montgomery County schools that, if made into law, will create a local commission to make recommendations on a "possible" future administrative consolidation. Local representatives, Bobby Howell and Linda Whittington, both voted in favor of the bill.

The amended Senate Bill 2620 forms a Commission of Winona-Montgomery School District Structure which will work to review "the current structure of the school districts and schools Winona, Mississippi, and in Montgomery County, Mississippi, and make recommendations on future actions of the provision and transition of service of a possible administratively consolidated school district in order to improve both the quality of education and the efficiency with which it is delivered."

According to Howell, after the floor vote, a motion to reconsider was made, and the bill was amended once before being passed in a second vote on the House floor.

Howell explained that a Holmes County representative held the bill in the House for reconsideration, to allow Holmes County to form a commission as well to study the possibility of a consolidation of school districts in Holmes County. No changes were made to the Winona-Montgomery County portion of the bill, Howell said.

Currently, the bill is back in the Senate Education Committee, where members did not concur with the bill.

"They have declined to concur with the House," Howell said. "It now goes to conference. If the Senate makes any major changes [to the bill], the House would have to agree [to those changes before it passes]."

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