By REGGIE ROSS
Montgomery County students who attend the Grenada School District will now have to be waived by the new Winona-Montgomery County District to attend school here.
The new mandate comes after the two schools consolidated, a measure that the state legislature voted in favor during the 2016 regular session.
According to the school district, due to a state Legislature mandate, Montgomery County students attending GSD through the “30 Mile Rule” will no longer be able to attend GSD unless released by the new Winona Montgomery Consolidated School District’s Board of Education.
According to Superintendent Dr. David Daigneault, this situation is due to the consolidation of Winona City Schools and Montgomery County Schools.
“Approximately 70 students have been attending the Grenada School District for many years,” Daigneault said.
The “30 Mile Rule” states that students will not be transported over 30 miles to school. The new Winona Montgomery Consolidated School District (WMCSD) has closed the Kilmichael Schools, therefore invalidating the 30 Mile Rule for current GSD students residing in Montgomery County.
Students who reside in Montgomery County will be required to attend schools in WMCSD unless newly-released.
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