Consolidating school districts kansas
That experience is typical in consolidated districts, Thompson said.
“You have to look at cost savings related to consolidation and think, what will be the new costs?
Plus, the practical realities of consolidation usually take a long time to work out.
“When you consolidate districts, the buildings are in the wrong place, the teachers are in the wrong place and parents are mad about where their kids are going to school,” said David Thompson, a professor at Kansas State University who specializes in school finance research.
Still, when it came up for a statewide referendum in 2009, voters in Maine kept the consolidation law.
“Every superintendent said ‘consolidation is long overdue, but can you wait until I leave to do it? “Maybe we didn't come up with exactly the right partners for consolidation, but through this, we told them, ‘we're not going to just send you a check and then turn our backs anymore.'” Consolidation is not always successful.
Across the country, school districts employed 7 million people (fewer than half were teachers) and were responsible for educating more than 49 million students in 2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
“The actual savings from these plans is usually just a fraction of the property tax bill, so it's difficult to vote for doing a radical and risky thing for something that often amounts to or in savings,” said Kent Gardner, chief economist at the Center For Governmental Research in Rochester, New York. John Baldacci signed legislation in 2007 ordering Maine's 290 school districts to consolidate into just 80 districts or face penalties, the intention was to get as much state money to students in the classroom as possible.“Our population was declining, and we just had too much school administration,” Baldacci said in an interview with .New York offers consolidating school districts a 40 percent increase in their state aid, freezing the amount based on their aid for the 2006-2007 school year, plus money for new buildings.Had Seneca Falls and Waterloo merged, they would have seen an additional million in state aid over the next 14 years.