By Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - One Mississippi school targeted for consolidation may have won a reprieve.

The Senate Thursday approved an amendment to Senate Bill 2501 changing Coahoma Agricultural High School into an early college high school starting in 2018.

The school, to be run by Coahoma Community College, would serve 400 students from Bolivar, Coahoma, Tunica, Tallahatchie and Quitman counties.

Mississippi’s first early college high school opened in August, serving Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties. Students will graduate with both a high school diploma and a community college associate degree.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison had proposed dissolving the school, but backs the amendment.

Lawmakers propose merging Carroll County, Montgomery County and Winona; Chickasaw County, Houston and Okolona; Greenwood and Leflore County; and Holmes County and Durant. Lawmakers propose dissolving the Lumberton district.

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