The West Bolivar Consolidated School District is a public school district based in Rosedale, Mississippi (USA).

It serves sections of Bolivar County. In addition to Rosedale, the district also serves the towns of Gunnison, Beulah, and Pace in western Bolivar County and Benoit and the section of Shaw in southern Bolivar County. It also serves unincorporated areas of Scott, Skene,[1] and Symonds.[2]

History

In 1925, 9-year-old Martha Lum was denied admission to Rosedale Consolidated High School (now West Bolivar High School) because she was Chinese American. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Mississippi's right to exclude her in Lum v. Rice. That decision was overturned by the holding in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.

Beginning in 1986 Benoit School District students did not attend Ray Brooks School (previously Nugent Center School, a.k.a. Benoit High School), but instead West Bolivar High School. However high school classes at Ray Brooks resumed in 2000.[3] Linda Coleman, a Democratic member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from Mound Bayou, stated that the costs of transporting children to West Bolivar from Benoit were too high.[4]

In 2012 the Mississippi Legislature passed a bill that required five school districts in Bolivar County to consolidate into two larger ones.[4] On July 1, 2014, the Benoit School District, Shaw School District, and West Bolivar School District consolidated into the West Bolivar Consolidated School District.[5] The former three districts were abolished under the law with a new one formed.[6]

In 2017 there were at least 19 people applying to be the district's superintendent.[7]

Governance

The board has two members from the Rosedale area, two members from the Shaw area, and one from the Benoit area.[8]

Schools

Former schools

Demographics

This section needs to be updated. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Last update: August 2021 (August 2021)

2006-07 school year

There were a total of 1,014 students enrolled in the West Bolivar School District during the 2006–2007 school year. The gender makeup of the district was 48% female and 52% male. The racial makeup of the district was 95.86% African American, 3.35% White, and 0.79% Hispanic.[15] 88.5% of the district's students were eligible to receive free lunch.[16]

Previous school years

School Year Enrollment Gender Makeup Racial Makeup
Female Male Asian African
American
Hispanic Native
American
White
2005-06[15] 1,056 50% 50% 95.93% 0.76% 3.31%
2004-05[15] 1,094 48% 52% 0.09% 96.80% 0.64% 2.47%
2003-04[15] 1,159 48% 52% 0.09% 97.58% 0.26% 2.07%
2002-03[17] 1,162 49% 51% 0.17% 97.16% 0.26% 2.41%

Accountability statistics

2006-07[18] 2005-06[19] 2004-05[20] 2003-04[21] 2002-03[22]
District Accreditation Status Accredited Accredited Accredited Accredited Accredited
School Performance Classifications
Level 5 (Superior Performing) Schools 1 0 0 0 0
Level 4 (Exemplary) Schools 1 0 0 1 0
Level 3 (Successful) Schools 1 2 2 1 1
Level 2 (Under Performing) Schools 0 1 1 1 1
Level 1 (Low Performing) Schools 1 0 0 0 1
Not Assigned 0 0 0 0 0

See also

References

  1. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Bolivar County, MS" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-06-09.
  2. ^ "West Bolivar Middle School". West Bolivar Consolidated School District. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  3. ^ "Wilson hopes to break out the shoes'." Franklin County Times. January 10, 2002. Retrieved on July 3, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Wright, Megan (2012-05-12). "Bill passes to consolidate Delta county's school districts". Mississippi Business Journal. Retrieved 2017-07-03. Coleman noted that West Bolivar and Benoit combined high schools for a time in the 1990s, but said transportation costs were too high.
  5. ^ "School District Consolidation in Mississippi Archived 2017-07-02 at the Wayback Machine." Mississippi Professional Educators. December 2016. Retrieved on July 2, 2017. Page 2 (PDF p. 3/6).
  6. ^ "Senate Bill 2760 (As Sent to Governor)". Mississippi Legislature. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  7. ^ Caxton, Ben (2017-07-02). "West Bolivar Has 19 Applications For Superintendent". Delta Daily News. Retrieved 2017-07-09.
  8. ^ Davis Betz, Kelsey (2020-03-04). "Another Delta town will lose its school as district navigates shrinking enrollment, consolidation". Mississippi Today. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  9. ^ Benford, Kelly; Caxton, Ben (2020-03-06). "West Bolivar to Close Benoit's Ray Brooks School". Delta Daily News. Retrieved 2021-05-23. - MP3 format
  10. ^ "West Bolivar High School". West Bolivar Consolidated School District. 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2021-05-23. West Bolivar High School 1213 South Main Street Rosedale, MS 38769
  11. ^ "Addendum TwoD West Bolivar Consolidated School District Renovation Projects" (PDF). 2020-06-12. Retrieved 2021-05-23. Building B – West Bolivar High School (formally Middle School), 1213 Main St, Rosedale, MS 38769 - Alternate URL
  12. ^ "West Bolivar High School 7-12". West Bolivar Consolidated School District. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  13. ^ "West Bolivar High School Graduation". West Bolivar Consolidated School District. Retrieved 2021-05-23. West Bolivar High School 1213 Main Street Rosedale, MS 38769
  14. ^ "West Bolivar High School". West Bolivar Consolidated School District. 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2021-05-23. West Bolivar High School 1213 South Main Street Rosedale, MS 38769
  15. ^ a b c d "Mississippi Assessment and Accountability Reporting System". Office of Research and Statistics, Mississippi Department of Education. Archived from the original on 2007-03-23.
  16. ^ "2006-07 State, District, and School Enrollment by Race/Gender with Poverty Data" (XLS). Mississippi Department of Education. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-05-19.[dead link]
  17. ^ "Mississippi Report Card for 2002-2003". Office of Educational Accountability, Mississippi Department of Education. 2004-09-02. Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  18. ^ "2007 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2007-09-13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
  19. ^ "2006 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2006-09-06. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2007-06-24.
  20. ^ "2005 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2005-09-09. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-06-24.
  21. ^ "2004 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2004-09-26. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-06-24.
  22. ^ "2003 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2003-11-21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-06-24.

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