WBCSD Supe responds to shortages
by Paisley Boston
Jul 12, 2014 | 886 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
West Bolivar Consolidate School District recently reported a large number of vacancies.

Dr. Pallascene Cole, West Bolivar Consolidated School District superintendent, said the vacancies are a result of the district's consolidation.

"The legislation for consolidating the districts mandated that all district level staff be non-renewed and the incoming superintendent and board of trustees would be responsible for hiring their own district staff," said Cole.

The new adjustments to the school districts is a result of the Mississippi Legislature mandated to reduce the number of school districts in Bolivar County and administrative consolidation which is to take place at the 2014 school year.

Bolivar County is the only county in the state that has six school districts.

A law to consolidate the six school districts in Bolivar County into three is Senate Bill 2760.

"The outgoing school boards were given the charge to hire all school level staff. For this reason, all district level positions were declared vacant for re-hiring internally or externally. Thus, we had to advertise for these positions," said Cole.

"The dissolving districts did have some staff leave, but several have rescinded their request s to leave the district. We are working to fill the remaining vacancies," she added.

"With the consolidation, it appears that West Bolivar has a lot of openings. However, West Bolivar no longer exists. We are West Bolivar Consolidated School District and with the consolidation of three school districts, our vacancies are average for this time of year. The process to fill some of the positions is taken place but in order to remove the positions from the vacancy list, all parts of the hiring process must be completed," said Cynthia Williams, Director of Human Resources and Public Relations in a previous interview.

Cole said although the district is in need of more staff, its goal is to focus on the students.

"Our ultimate goal is improve student achievement and prepare out students to exit high school college and career ready. The Board of Trustees and the district communities are working on a consensus for our vision/mission statement. This is a work in progress to be release very soon. We are having three meet and greet sessions with all communities to build positive working relationships and form productive partnerships," said Cole.

"We have several areas of need to focus on this school year which are to successfully consolidating all resources and services, form positive working relationships with stakeholders, building successful professional learning communities, provide a safe learning and working environments for students and staff and work to become a high performing school district," she added.

Administrative consolidation is to take place during the 2014 school year.

West Bolivar School District, Shaw School District and Benoit School District consolidated into West Bolivar Consolidated School District with a total of 1,689 students.

North Bolivar School District and Mound Bayou Public School District consolidated and is now North Bolivar Consolidated School District with a total of 1,265 students.