Thursday, June 14, 2012

Rankin School Board To Discuss Pearl Lawsuit

The Rankin County Board of Education has called a meeting for Friday, June 15th to discuss the status of a lawsuit between the Rankin County School District (RCSD) and the Pearl Public School District (PPSD).

The lawsuit, filed by PPSD against the RCSD, is asking a federal court to transfer some land currently in the RCDS to the PPSD.  The land in question is the Patrick Farms area and some homes along El Dorado Road that were annexed by Pearl in 2005 and 2011.

Pearl contends that the land in question is now within the City of Pearl and should be transferred to the PPSD.  If Pearl is successful they they would gain approximately 500 students and the tax revenues from the homes in those areas.

RCSD is against the change as it would cost them many millions of dollars in tax revenue - money they say would have to be recovered by raising taxes. 

The two parties entered into an agreement in 2008 that allowed residents of the annexed area a two year window in which they could choose which school system they would attend.

TRN has obtained copies of the lawsuit and the resolution - we'll post them along with an update after Friday's meeting. 

The RCSD has prepared a financial analysis of the impact of losing the students and revenue, it will be reviewed at Friday's meeting.  Those documents are available HERE.



Agenda of Special Called Meeting
The Board of Education
Rankin County School District

A Special Called meeting of the Board of Education of Rankin County School District will be held June 15, 2012, beginning at 7:30 AM at Board Room, 1220 Apple Park Place, Brandon.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are as listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the order shown on this meeting notice.

Unless removed from the consent agenda and placed under discussion / action, items identified within consent agenda will be acted on at one time with no discussion.


  1. ROLL CALL AND ESTABLISHMENT OF A QUORUM
  2. KENNETH W. ADAMS ET AL. VS RANKIN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION ET AL. CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:67-cv-04156-TSL-MTP. U.S. DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI, JACKSON DIVISION. PEARL PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT VS RANKIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT (MOTION FOR ENLARGEMENT OF TERRITORY)
  3. REPORTS TO BOARD: FINANCIAL IMPACT OF PEARL'S PROPOSALS TO TAXPAYERS OF RANKIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT (LOSS OF TAXES, LAND AND STUDENTS)
  4. ADJOURNMENT OF THE BOARD

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Surely the boards of both school districts have been planning for the decrease and increase in revenues for both agencies (see agreement signed in 2008, now it's 2012). Is this a "I didn't see this coming moment for the RCSD", "we were so committeed to fleecing the county homeowners for 160M bond issue this just slipped of the radar so let's pull out the tax raisin card"? Luv all that far sighted thinking y'all are getting elected/paid for.

Anonymous said...

I see both the attourney's getting vacation home money here.

This bud is for you!

Anonymous said...

Huge lack of leadership in Administration & Board members

Anonymous said...

Rcsd votes to settle per news

Anonymous said...

Thank you Cecil McCrory, Grumpy Farmer and Ruth Burgess,
Anne it's past time for you to go home!

Anonymous said...

I'm a homeowner in the impacted area and have children in RCSD. I find the decision to settle shocking. First, why would RCSD want to turn their back on $4.4 million of revenue. Second, we did our due diligence before buying our home to make sure we were in RCSD. Not only is this important for where our kids will receive their education, but it is extrememly important to the resale value of our homes. You don't hear about people wanting to move into the Pearl school district. I'm disgusted with the board.