District wide high school

By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer

A federal court order declares that the Choctaw County School
District will provide one county wide high school beginning with the
2013-2014 school year.

Senior Judge Glen Davidson, of the Northern District of Mississippi,
Western Division, issued his order on April 10.

The following explains Judge Davidson’s order:
“Pursuant to an opinion issued this day, it is HEREBY ORDERED that
Defendant Choctaw County School District’s motion to modify
desegregation plan (10) is GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN PART, as
follows:
(1) Grades 9 through 12 of Ackerman High School and Weir Attendance
Center shall be consolidated at the current site of Ackerman High
School;
(2) Grades 7 through 8 of Ackerman High School, Weir Attendance
Center, and French Camp Elementary shall be consolidated at the
current site of Ackerman High School;
(3) The new District-wide entity composed of grades 7 through 12
shall be designated Choctaw County High School; and
(4) The District’s elementary school structure for grades pre-K
through 6 shall remain unchanged.”

The judge also noted if the CCSD chooses to treat the middle school
as a separate entity, the two entities shall be designated Choctaw
County High School and Choctaw County Middle School.
With this consolidation order, this will close Weir High School and
move grades 7-8 from French Camp Elementary.

The same day Judge Davidson issued his order on the consolidation,
the CCSD issued a press release.

“This morning, the school district received the federal Court’s
ruling in its desegregation case. The Court has ordered that for the
next school year (2013-2014) that all students in grades 7-12 will
attend a consolidated school in Ackerman. The consolidated high
school will be called the Choctaw County High School. All students in
pre-K-6 will continue to attend the elementary school they currently
attend.”

“The District is pleased with the Court’s order.”

“Copies of the Court’s order and memorandum opinion are available at
the central office and will be posted on the district website later
today.”

Signed by Superintendent Stewart G. Beard, Jr.