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Murray State seeking consolidation alternative

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The Murray State College campus in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. (KTEN) The Murray State College campus in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. (KTEN)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. — Murray State College is hoping to convince state legislators to stop a plan for consolidation with bigger schools in the region.

State Question 801 — which would have made the school exempt from consolidation — was narrowly defeated in the November election last year. Now administrators are now hoping legislation can be passed to maintain the status quo.

Murray State president Joy McDaniel said consolidation would take money out of the school's budget, and the school doesn't have the authority to levy its own tax.

"If a community college is underneath a university, they pay into that university," she explained. "At this point, we don't do that, so it would cost us more money in the long run."

McDaniel contends that the change would also take some back office jobs away from local employees.

"Moving those kinds of jobs from our rural communities to the urban areas... it would just be moving money from one place to the other," she said.

For community colleges that don't generate a lot of revenue, consolidation could be a good thing. But McDaniel said MSC isn't like most community colleges.

"Murray State College makes over a $50 million contribution to the communities that we serve," she said.

The school has until June to pick a school to consolidate with, or one will be selected for it. McDaniel said they will wait until then before determining an action plan.

Murray State served 2,398 full-time undergraduate students as of Fall 2016, according to the school's website.

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