- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The Starkville School District and East Mississippi Community College have agreed on a plan that will allow the junior college to offer courses and college-level classes at West Oktibbeha County High School.

The Maben campus is scheduled to close after July 1 when the Starkville and Oktibbeha County school systems merge.

Starkville Superintendent Lewis Holloway tells The Commercial Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1Fq7zRY ) that EMCC officials will pay for utilities and insurance while also providing upkeep and security.

The lease is expected to run for five years, but an overall price is not yet known.

Both governing boards for EMCC and Starkville schools must approve the deal.

EMCC is expected to offer general education testing and college-level classes at Maben campus and expand its course offerings to the western portion of the county.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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