The state Senate has passed the Starkville and Oktibbeha County school district consolidation bill in an amended form.
The amendment proposes the seven-member commission tasked with recommending how best to implement consolidation also be authorized to recommend that the Starkville-Oktibbeha County School District include territory in adjoining counties.
The Senate Education Committee approved a version of H.B. 716 that replaced language related to mandatory consolidation with establishment of the council.
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