Lamar Co. Supervisors discuss changing school board lines

Lamar Co. Supervisors discuss changing school board lines
Lamar County Superintendent Tess Smith addressed the Lamar County Board of Supervisors today regarding the issue./Photo credit: WDAM

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - With the passing of Senate Bill 2500, which targets the Lumberton School District for consolidation, county school district lines will be changing.

Lamar County Superintendent Tess Smith addressed the Lamar County Board of Supervisors regarding the issue Thursday.

" (Lumberton) doesn't have representation on our actual school board, so once they become a part of our school district, board member lines will need to be re-drawn so that they do have representation," Smith said.

The changes to the district lines will be put in place no later than July 1, 2019.

"The supervisors are now tasked with redistricting the school district election districts, so that the school board members are elected from five equal districts within the county to include Lumberton School District," Lamar County Administrator Jody Waits said.

The supervisors also approved the appointment of Joelle Bunnell to the 11 member consolidation committee to help with the consolidation issues.

"I think it will be easy for us to just adopt the board of supervisor's lines, and I think with just a little bit of tweaking we can make sure that everybody is represented fairly," Smith said.

Waits said, "The idea is to follow the five supervisors lines, cause those have already been equally proportioned based on population and will probably be up for review about the time that this needs to be for the school board elections."