The lawsuit challenging the consolidation of the Lamar County and Lumberton school districts – which have been working together since July 2018 – goes before the Mississippi Supreme Court for oral arguments on Wednesday, July 19.
The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors filed suit against the Lamar County School Board after an 11-person commission recommended the voluntary consolidation. After Lamar County received legislative approval to consolidate, Chancellor Deborah Gambrell ruled for the consolidation, and the Pearl River County supervisors appealed to the state Supreme Court.
Pearl River County Administrator Adrain Lumpkin has said that he is concerned about the long-term operation of Lumberton campuses.
“Because everyone you talk to says that they don’t plan to operate the school as a K-12, so it will become an elementary school in a couple of years, and high school kids will need to travel to Purvis,” he said. “We’re talking about kids going twice as far to get to school as opposed to coming to Poplarville.”
Oral arguments in the case begin at 10:30 a.m. and can be viewed online. The Internet address is https://courts.ms.gov/appellatecourts/sc/scoa.php.