Idea to merge two high schools on the table

Published 12:45 am Sunday, September 30, 2012

If Vicksburg and Warren Central high schools consolidated, they would create one of the largest high schools in Mississippi with more than 2,200 students.

Plans of such a merger are a long way from becoming a reality, but parents, teachers and administrators are considering and discussing it.

The combination of athletic teams, bands, extracurricular programs and facilities are just a few of the many issues that would have to be settled, and the Vicksburg Warren School District will begin broaching the subject in two community forums, this week and next.

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The first is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Dana Road Elementary School, and the second will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at Sherman Avenue Elementary School. Others will be set at the end of the month at an undetermined time and place, school officials say.

Initially, the forums were planned to discuss such topics as classroom technology and parent-teacher coordination, but Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Swinford said she knows consolidation is something “everyone is talking about.”