- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A commission charged with consolidation of the Starkville and Oktibbeha County school systems by 2015 has sent its final report to the Mississippi Legislature.

Starkville Superintendent Lewis Holloway tells WTVA-TV in Tupelo (https://bit.ly/1l6rdy1 ) that the report helps identify the issues the districts face.

For months the commission on the new Starkville Consolidated School District has worked to come up with suggestions that now go before state lawmakers.

One big part of the consolidation is a new partnership with Mississippi State University. Plans call for a new partnership school for grades six and seven that will work closely with MSU.

Also a pre-K program for all four-year-olds in Oktibbeha County is being proposed.

State law tasked the group to deliver consolidation recommendations to the Legislature by March 1.

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Information from: WTVA-TV, https://www.wtva.com

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