PICAYUNE, Miss. — A school district in south Mississippi is preparing to combine two elementary schools into one.

The Pearl River County district currently has a Lower Elementary for kindergarten through second grade and an Upper Elementary for third through fifth grade.

The Picayune Item reports that the school board voted last week to create a consolidated Pearl River Central Elementary School.

The change will take effect during the 2018-19 academic year. A principal has not yet been chosen.

Superintendent Alan Lumpkin says officials had been considering the consolidation the past couple of years.

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