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Pro-con: Should smaller school districts consolidate into larger ones?

By Carolina Astrain
July 21, 2013 at 2:21 a.m.
Updated July 22, 2013 at 2:22 a.m.

Finances are at the forefront of educators' minds as districts across the state are preparing to adopt budgets for the upcoming school year.

With the 2011 state cuts to education being partially reinstated by the Legislature and the rising cost of health insurance in mind, districts are trying to figure out how much they need to cover salaries and materials needed for 2013-14.

The Advocate decided to take a look at what finances would hypothetically look like under a consolidated county school district in Victoria.

Within the county are three school districts: Victoria, Nursery and Bloomington.

The administrative costs budgeted by Nursery and Bloomington put together would total about $500,000 that could possibly be re-routed back to the classroom.

But what would the actual effects be?

Nationally, 117,108 districts were solely dedicated to primary and intermediate education in the 1940s.

By 2006-07, those fell by 88 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Would consolidation work in Victoria County? The public weighs in.

Pro: Bigger means better instruction, more bang for tax dollars

Con: Smaller offers better individual care, sense of community



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