Consolidating school systems
Feasibility of School District Services Consolidation: Evaluation Report [PDF]Idaho Legislature, Office of Performance Evaluations. This report of the Idaho Legislature examined the feasibility of consolidating district services and found that consolidating three types of services—purchasing of supplies, transportation, and staff development—could yield potential savings.
The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Reference Desk is a service provided by a collaborative of the REL program, funded by the U. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
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A frequent question to the Reference Desk, and one currently receiving increased national attention due to budget challenges, is whether consolidating school districts might result in lower overall costs for education.
Unfortunately, research on consolidation does not offer definitive guidance for making such decisions.
There are several reasons for this: empirical studies of consolidation employ different analytical approaches to data; older data in some studies yield results that may not be representative of current district conditions; studies do not uniformly separate costs related to merging only a narrow range of district services from costs related to merging entire districts or combining schools; different studies focus on different costs or estimate costs in different ways; and much of the literature consists of advocacy.
However, while the literature on consolidation may not provide a direct road map for making decisions, it does provide a useful overview of issues, together with estimates of cost savings and cautions for those going forward with consolidation.
As schools grow, parents feel more disconnected and their involvement diminishes.
When three elementary schools in Illinois' Unity district merged, the principal of the institution absorbing all the students suggested that the three presiding PTO presidents keep their positions to lead the new Unity West Elementary School in Tolono.
The idea, says Tri-president Angella Anderson, was that parents would stay involved if they could relate to at least one person in charge.
One student from each school was selected to have their writing piece showcased, and turned into a digital story.
The WCS Board of Education honored the winners of the American Education Week Poster Contest at the December 5th Board of Education meeting.