By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
West Bolivar Consolidated School District officials are considering school merger options and want to receive community input on the ideas.
Superintendent John Taylor has announced forums will be held next week across all three West Bolivar campuses.
“We are in the process of considering a number of school merger options,” Taylor said. “We will begin soliciting input from our three communities next week.”
There will be a meeting on Wednesday at McEvans Elementary School in Shaw at 6 p.m., a meeting on Thursday at Ray Brooks School in Benoit at 6 p.m., and a meeting on Feb. 22 at West Bolivar Middle School in Rosedale at 10 a.m.
Taylor said “anything is on the table at this point.
“We have a few options but are open to revisiting those or even considering new options that we may not have considered. We want to hear from our communities before we start leaning either way.”
West Bolivar Consolidated School District was established in 2014 from the mergers of Benoit School District, Shaw School District and West Bolivar School District and has managed to avoid closing or merging any schools.
The last reported suggestion of any school changes for West Bolivar was in April 2017.
At that time, then-superintendent James Johnson-Waldington submitted a recommendation to the board of trustees to close West Bolivar High School for the 2017-18 school year.
The request was not approved and Johnson-Waldington was dismissed from his position later that year.
North Bolivar Consolidated School District, created through the same act that founded WBCSD, handled a contentious school merger two years ago when John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Mound Bayou was merged with Broad Street High School and Shelby Middle School into Northside High School.