- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) - Pallascene Cole has been named superintendent of the newly formed North Bolivar Consolidated School District.

Cole is currently employed as an education consultant at the Magnolia Training Center in Canton. She has worked as a principal, teacher, counselor and was superintendent in West Tallahatchie School District.

School board chairman Evereth Stanton said there were eight applicants for the position.

Stanton said the school board was looking for an individual who possessed a strong educational background, leadership abilities, knowledge of financial budgeting and curriculum.

“My first order of business is to work on merging our resources. I want to bring all of our resources together under one umbrella. I am already working on some things,” Cole told The Bolivar Commercial (http://bit.ly/UewSqA ).

She said she is looking forward to working with the districts involved in the consolidation.

“I have already spoken with the superintendents that are in place now and they have all pledged their support. I am looking forward to going in the various communities and meeting the parents, clergy and the students,” said Cole.

State law directed the five Bolivar County school districts be combined into two. The new school boards were elected in 2013.

The Benoit, West Bolivar and Shaw districts became the new West Bolivar district based in Rosedale. Mound Bayou and North Bolivar will become a new North Bolivar district based in Mound Bayou. The Cleveland city district was left alone.

The North Bolivar School District will have about 1,265 students and the West Bolivar School District will have about 1,689 students.

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Information from: Bolivar Commercial, http://www.bolivarcom.com

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