Booneville school district sues to bl...

Booneville school district sues to block exodus of students

There are 30 comments on the The South Mississippi Sun Herald story from Jan 26, 2007, titled Booneville school district sues to block exodus of students. In it, The South Mississippi Sun Herald reports that:

The Booneville School District has filed a lawsuit to block the exodus of about 135 students to Prentiss County schools.

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Mr JWS

United States

#1 Feb 2, 2007
I read the complaint as filed by the Booneville School District. For the most part, the particulars seem to be correct. However, the position that the Prentiss County District should have consolidated their schools misses the mark. Instead of only the County consolidating, the folks on the Booneville side need to consider DISTRICT CONSOLIDATION. This is different from SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION, in that with District consolidation, the only thing you consolidate down is the number of Administrators and School Board members. Those who deliberately muddy the distinction between the two are telling the BIG LIE! Makes one wonder who cares more about their jobs, as opposed to the kids of the whole county? I guess that may be Mr. Davis; he has been on record as saying that he only cares about the kids in hsi constituency. Maybe he needs to clarify that.

“Why Business As Usual?!”

Since: Feb 07

Prentiss County, MS

#2 Feb 3, 2007
Mr JWS wrote:
hsi constituency. Maybe he needs to clarify that.
That should be "HIS constituency"!
George Jones

Booneville, MS

#3 Feb 8, 2007
It is not widely know that Booneville is the only school district in this part of the state that is smaller that their actual city limits due to "power politics" on the state level. A house next door to the school is in the county school district. Under present state law, consolidating the two districts would essentially turn over the Booneville School District, level 5 and well managed, to the County District, with some marginal schools and poor finances. The district lines are drawn in such a way to divide Booneville and prevent them from ever having a board member or even a county supervisor. Look at Union County and the large district given to New Albany. The county and town are comparable to Booneville. Union County has the same number of high schools as Prentiss County. Union County isn't mismanaged or broke. They aren't trying to bleed New Albany to survive. Lots of spin from dirt ignorant leadership and negative interference from state politicians with families trying to sell houses to put their children in good schools. It is hard to believe that Booneville is still in America. Our children are suffering as they are pawns of some of the worst political leadership this side of Russia.

“Why Business As Usual?!”

Since: Feb 07

Prentiss County, MS

#4 Feb 10, 2007
New Site is a Level 5, by the way, as well as Marietta. As far as the district lines go, it's set up so that all district lines meet at the county courthouse. So all five parts of Booneville do in fact have a Supervisor.
No Concern

Etta, MS

#5 Feb 13, 2007
It seems that the Prentiss County School Board and the Booneville School Board should be able to settle this matter, without going to court.
I think that Booneville agreed to the school district lines years ago when Booneville added to their city limits.

“Why Business As Usual?!”

Since: Feb 07

Prentiss County, MS

#6 Feb 17, 2007
They did agree to what was supposed to be the new boundaries. It seems that the slowness of the court system let a certain date lapse before they got around to fixing it.
fedupwithbackwar dness

Huntsville, AL

#7 Feb 21, 2007
Mr JWS wrote:
New Site is a Level 5, by the way, as well as Marietta. As far as the district lines go, it's set up so that all district lines meet at the county courthouse. So all five parts of Booneville do in fact have a Supervisor.
The portions of Booneville in each county school District is so small that they are overshadowed by the population of the remainer of the county in that particular district. When Booneville was part of the county system when I was a student there many years ago, the high schools out in the county were each in a district while Booneville was divided among 5 members on the County School Board. I think the boundaries of the school board are somehow based on the County Supervisor Districts. When I came back to Booneville years ago I complained to the Mayor about Booneville being a separate school district and about the high taxes that were levied to support the seperate school district. I was told that when the Booneville Schools were part of the PC School District that the Booneville schools were always last to get consideration becauase the county board members took care of schools out in the county that were clearly in their district and essentially relegated the leftovers to Booneville. If that was the case the I can see why the parents of Booneville School students wanted a seperate District. JT and Dave can rant and rave all they want on MS TALK about the excessive schooladministrators but until such inequities as described above are corrected then there may be good justification for all those districts. What all this amounts to is politics. People are more interested in the vote than what is good for the school children. When I moved back to Booneville years ago Mr. Green who was the incumnmbent Supt. of Education advocated school consolidation. There was even talk of consolidating all the high schools with the exception being Baldwyn. You never saw such an stink raised over this idea. Mr. Green lost the next elaction and except for an agreement between Booneville and the County that School taxes in the newly annexed portion of Booneville would continue to be paid to the county nothing has changed (except a lot of people were paying tuition to Booneville for their children to attend there). Wonder why they wanted (and still want) to have their children in the Booneville Schools?
George Jones

Booneville, MS

#8 Feb 23, 2007
Mr JWS wrote:
New Site is a Level 5, by the way, as well as Marietta. As far as the district lines go, it's set up so that all district lines meet at the county courthouse. So all five parts of Booneville do in fact have a Supervisor.
"Come on, New Site. Look at a map. The 3rd District does not even go into Booneville. Look at the 1st District which looks like an hourglass north and south of Booneville with a narrow alley through the town. It is designed to make the 35% of Prentiss County's population in Booneville a political nothing. Most of the county is on the east side, but you only have two districts. The other three districts all hover around highway 45 and the west side. The plan destroys Booneville and weakens the east side. Yes, the east side has the only level 5 schools in the county, but you continue to be weak political pawns of Jumpertown and the rest of the county. You won't run strong candidates. You are always fools politically manipulated by Jumpertown groups. The courthouse is full of Jumpertown people who are related to each other. When will the east side asert itself. You have more in common with Booneville than Jumpertown. Booneville isn't trying to force any kids to go anywhere - open releases. Most of the few kids going out of Booneville are in the Big V area going to New Site. Jumpertown is trying to force city and county kids to go there against their will. Rickey Davis needs more jobs for his family. Booneville people want our neighborhood schools just like you do. Why should people inside Booneville and two houses down from our high school be forced to go ten miles out in the county to Jumpertown? Billy and Ed McCoy are the fathers of this disaster. Billy moved this law in to place. His behind the scenes power as speaker keeps the problem in place. His brother, Ed, led the group that refused to take the money from TVA to build a new consolidated high school. Tishomingo County took the money. Look at what they have. The McCoys are the quiet primary enemies of the Booneville schools. Why else does every city school system in the area have an area much larger than the city while Booneville is the only one to have a school area smaller than the city? Billy McCoy and his power! He is no longer the humble man we elected. He is a bully priding himself in fighting the governor for control of the state while jerking our county around by puppet strings. The county leaders have done a good job distracting county people from the real problem. They keep county people fighting city people over silly items to keep the county people from looking at the real problem. The county schools have financial and other problems because they have been run poorly and corruptly for many years. Remember when the politicians used to keep blacks and whites fighting each to get elected and keep us all from looking at the corrupt practices in government. We are still that stupid. They are still singing the same song -- just a different verse. Wake up! Booneville is not your enemy. Your enemy is within!!!!!!!

“Why Business As Usual?!”

Since: Feb 07

Prentiss County, MS

#9 Feb 23, 2007
Oh, I agree with you, George, on everything, trust me. We don't need Billy as the Speaker of the North! And I am one of those who can go along with the other as well. It is a game of divide and conquer. As far as it goes with JT & Dave, the point that they're making is that all these districts are also a Shell Game with our State monies.
istanbulWASconst antinople

White House, TN

#10 Feb 23, 2007
That's nobody's business but the Turks...?
Those who don't learn from their history are bound to repeat it.
istanbulWASconst antinople

White House, TN

#11 Feb 23, 2007
Collinsville, Mississippi...? smokin' marijuana like a Woodstock hippie. All my homies in Laurel, beg and borrow... buy my rap tape tomorrow. Billy McCoy is alright with me. Let the parents send their kids where they want to. Put the lines on the ground and let them pay tuition if they want to cross them. Eventually, the line-drawers will be forced to read between them.

“Why Business As Usual?!”

Since: Feb 07

Prentiss County, MS

#12 Feb 24, 2007
Huh? You do realize that Billy probably don't share your views on letting parents send them where they want...
Keshia

Memphis, TN

#13 Feb 28, 2007
I am a proud gradutate of BHS. My parents paid tuition for me to attend this school even though we lived in a newly annexed area. I am so glad that I was not forced to attend a county school. I would probably be working at a factory somewhere if I had been forced to go to the county school. At the time the county schools offered hardly any extra curricular activities. I am so thankful that my parents saw to it that I got the education that I deserved. The Prentiss County schools have never been near as good as Booneville schools. If these little schools (I remember one graduating class of seven.) have to force people to go to school there, they must be pretty desperate. Why not consolidate? It is long overdue. Prentiss County does not need five schools.
Charles Cole

United States

#14 Mar 5, 2007
Ive read this lawsuit it states that my child going too the school in the county school he attends is not getting the same education as the children in the city schools the law suit is also attempting too force the county to release children that should be attending county schools so they can attend city schools, now Ive spoke to several people including mrs Lydia Bethay one of the parents that filed the suit who by the way her children should be attending Hills Chapel and also the person your told to contact on a web site set up by the parents and according to Mrs Bethay when I spoke too her she only wishes for her child to receive the best education possible and the money was no concern well I will have too tell you I want the same for my child but when I asked her if she and the other parents involved would be willing to leave the money in the county school system where her child is supposed to attend and her and the other parents pay the full cost for their child to attend the city school she acted like I was crazy , But it would seem to me if I wanted to send my child to a school not in my school district then I should be responsible for the cost If I wanted to send my child to a private school I would have too pay for it wouldnt I . now back to what I see as a major problem I want to know how anyone can say my child is not receiveing the same things as a child attending a city school are not all the schools supposed to be equal and if they are not equal than why are they not. Is it because for years money supposed to go to the county has been going to the city along with the children from the county? now I hate that this problem has not been worked out to benefit all parties concerned but I do know that according to the law my son lives in the Wheeler school district and money from the state is sent to the district where I live so if I have a problem with my sons education then I have to work inside the district where my son attends if the parents that filed this suit are not happy with the district where they live then they need to work inside their district not fight the system and force the county in which we all live to hire attorneys and force neighbors to fight neighbors and I will tell you in the suit filed the parents are asking for attorney fees so that means we as tax payers will have too pay for this lawsuit no matter who is conceived to win or lose and that is tax money that should be being used to educate my child. So as I close this letter should I hire a lawyer and file a few suits my self maybe I should sue the parents and Booneville city for slander they seem to be saying my son is going be dumber than the kids in the city maybe I should sue the teachers in the city schools for teaching the children in the city schools more than my child or maybe I should sue the the the colleges that taught the teachers because maybe they didnt teach the county teachers as much as the city teachers or just maybe I should just be a parent and when my son needs help I will help and when my sons teacher needs a parent I will be a parent and when my son needs a hand I give him both mine and not try to pass the problem on too someone else or blame the other person for something Im responsible for . I can tell you what my son is learning hes learning not to blame someone for his problems ,hes learning to stand up and work for what he wants ,hes learning that if you want to be a a lawyer you think like a lawyer if you want to be a doctor you think like a doctor no matter where you go to school. Im sure lots of smart people came from Prentiss County schools my son is a very smart young man and Im sure he will some day grow to be a very smart adult and it wont be because I sent him to Booneville city schools it will be because I was his number one teacher
George Jones

Booneville, MS

#15 Mar 5, 2007
Charles,

Lydia isn't trying to tell you where your child should go to school. Why do you have the right to tell her? Is it because of a crooked law slipped in by crooked power brokers? Why don't you go to your neighborhood school and give Booneville the same right? How would you like it if the crooks drew a line just west of Wheeler School within sight of the school and told everyone on the western side of Wheeler to go 10+ miles to Jumpertown? That is exactly what was done to Booneville on every side of town. Why is Booneville the only town anywhere around where the school district is smaller than the town? Maybe we are the only town with the crooked power brokers controlling us. Why aren't the Union County schools broke like Prentiss County? They have four high shoools. You have four high schools. New Albany's city district is about four times the size of their city limits. Union County isn't whining and blaming New Albany for their problems. Talk about blaming other people for your own problems!!!!! Our own hard heads will cause us to miss out on most of the prosperity that Toyota will bring. See what they think about the school situation. Our leaders will like that. Locals who earn a decent living, especially outside Prentiss County, and outsiders are more difficult to hoodoo and control.
Bbb

Booneville, MS

#16 Mar 18, 2007
Well as far as some of you people talking that dont even live here i dont know why you are. This crap started when i was still in high school and it has turned into a disaster. They cannot tell someone like myself who pays city and county taxes becaused i live in the annexed area, where to go to school. And as far as some of the county school goes their books are so out of date how can they learn. I mean why try to tell someone where to go to school. It is all about the money. Some of it is there own school fault because they build a gym instead of using the money on what they need. Some of these schools are having like 12-18 people graduate that is ridiculous. This is just going to ruin Booneville's school they will have very low attendence, the band that is so well known will be down to like 40 peopl, and who knows how small everything else will get
George Jones

Booneville, MS

#17 Mar 22, 2007
The Booneville paper quotes Prentiss County board member Rickey Davis saying that he wants to revoke the few transfers that were granted to 9-12th graders only a few weeks ago because he is getting angrier over the suit. Board member Kesler agreed. Board member Perry Walden wants the districts consolidated. This just shows the spite involved by their board members toward the families and Booneville. I guess Walden would like consolidation with more money to waste. Baldwyn is a county line district with more than half of their area in Lee County. What will anyone do there? I'm sure Walden would love to have Booneville schools under his control. I'm sure the spite would really roll then. Booneville was recently recognized by the state as 1 of 8 districts in the state with all schools rated level 5. Due to the way the district lines for board members, supervisors, etc. are drawn, consolidation would give everything to the county with their problems. They have new gyms at 3 of the 4 high schools, however. Booneville will never have a board member in a consolidated district. We will be a small minority in every slice of the oddly carved pie. If the state is really serious about quality education, no one could really consider a consolidation plan that would destroy one of the top eight school districts in the state and turn it over to one as mismanaged as Prentiss County. What happened to the new 4th district board member who was supposed to have some courage? They say politics makes strange bedfellows. In Booneville and Prentiss County, may God have mercy on us all.
George Jones

Booneville, MS

#18 Mar 22, 2007
The Booneville paper quoted Prentiss County school board member Rickey Davis saying that he wanted to revoke the few 9-12th grade transfers that were granted only a few weeks ago because he was angry about the suit. Board member Kesler agreed. Board member Perry Walden wanted to force consolidation of the districts. This shows the spite these men have toward the parents involved and Booneville. I'm sure Walden would like to have Booneville under his control. Would the spite roll then? Baldwyn is a county line district with more than half of their district in Lee County. What do you do there? Since Booneville is a minority in every district, we would never have a board member with the oddly sliced pie. Booneville was recently recognized by the state as 1 of only 8 districts in the state to have every school level 5. If the state is really interested in quality education, how could it ever be considered to turn over one of the top systems in the state to a system as mismanaged as Prentiss County. Prentiss County does have new gyms at 3 of their 4 high schools, however.
Ryan

Booneville, MS

#19 Mar 22, 2007
Keshia wrote:
I am a proud gradutate of BHS. My parents paid tuition for me to attend this school even though we lived in a newly annexed area. I am so glad that I was not forced to attend a county school. I would probably be working at a factory somewhere if I had been forced to go to the county school. At the time the county schools offered hardly any extra curricular activities. I am so thankful that my parents saw to it that I got the education that I deserved. The Prentiss County schools have never been near as good as Booneville schools. If these little schools (I remember one graduating class of seven.) have to force people to go to school there, they must be pretty desperate. Why not consolidate? It is long overdue. Prentiss County does not need five schools.
I think that you should watch what you say because their is nothing wrong with working in a factory. I do not work in a factory nor am i from Boonville but I do work there and I work with many people who have previously worked at factories. They are not any lees smart than you may be they just chose a different route than you did.
ConcernedinBoone ville

Booneville, MS

#20 Mar 22, 2007
The way it should be is if you live in the city limits and pay city taxes then you should be allowed to go to the city schools because that is one of the places that your tax money goes to. However if you do notlive in the city limits then you should not have to pay city taxes and you should not be able to go to the city schools. Booneville is a backwards town like many other small towns in this country, it is controlled by a group of people who dont care about any one else but themselves and the people who will give them something that they want. Then again they really dont care about those people either. Also why all schools are not supported the same way is beyond me. All public schools are state funded. If this nation wants the children of the future to be educated at all then they should provide every school with the same quality teachers, the same size class rooms(# of children to teacher ratio) and the same books that are in every class room in the state. This BS about well they have more kids going here then they do there and these parents will give us more money to get re-elected has to stop and any parent who supports this is a shame to all other good parents. So many kids that i come into contact with everyday in this city(Booneville) are in college and still can not read or write. I dont know how they ever graduated from highschool to begin with. Oh yeah thats right they played sports so teachers and admins. passed them just so they could win football and basketball games to get money for the school. These kids are never gonna go pro and they are never gonna have a good job. I guess this shows how valuable an eduaction is to the people who talk all day about how they want to better the childrens future. NO ONE WILL LOOK OUT FOR YOU BUT YOU, if you want something better then you have to do it for yourself because when it comes down to it no one else gives a S&%t.

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