Pam Tucker, board member from District 4, said, "Everything happens for a reason. Where there were three separate districts, now there is one and with unity comes strength."
She asked the audience to stand and chant, "Fired up, ready to go."
The audience heard comments from local leaders and was treated to musical selections by Glenda Woods, Shaw High School instructor, and the Coahoma Community College Choir.
Rep. Linda Coleman told the audience that to survive, they must adapt to the hand they were dealt.
She said, "We have to look to the future. This district is going to be successful."
Other speakers reiterated the message of new beginnings and making the best of change to focus on the education of children.
The theme Coming Together is a Beginning, Working Together is Progress, Achieving Together is Success was further emphasized by Dr. Valmadge Towner, president of Coahoma Community College, who was the keynote speaker.
Towner interspersed his message with references to the production of the song "We are the World" as he pointed out it started with one person's idea and took the work of many others reaching out to work together to produce the 1985 hit song.
"We have work to do," said Towner, "and we have to come together whether we are a newbie, an eagle, a hawk or a tiger (referring to school mascots). Unity determines success.
"You have to support who's in charge. The school board and the superintendent need your support. The enemy is not leadership. The enemy is ignorance," said Towner.
"Parchman is full of boys who can't read. The enemy is ignorance. Students need to read, write and have dreams for when dreams whiten to ash, there is the enemy," Towner said.
Ending his speech, Towner asked the audience, "Are you going to come together?"
The audience stood and gave a rousing "yes!"
Dr. Pallascene Cole, superintendent of the West Bolivar Consolidated School District, thanked everyone for being in attendance and made requests of stakeholders to fight for the children of the district to obtain the best in technology so students can compete on a national and international level.
"We need your support to let our children know they can do well," said Cole.
After introducing staff at all the schools, Cole charged the group to "Go out and make a difference for the children in the West Bolivar Consolidated School District."
After the inaugural ceremony, lunch was provided in the main lobby area and then faculty and staff reassembled for convocation to present staff, new initiatives, procedures and updates.
Dr. Bernice Ray, librarian and media specialist in Rosedale, said, "I am just so pleased to be a part of this inaugural event."
Ray and other attendees were "fired up and ready to go" to work for the students in the newly formed West Bolivar Consolidated School District this year.