Spearman said small school districts — those with 2,000 students or fewer — should consider consolidating with neighboring districts, especially if a small district is struggling to offer students a quality education.Consolidating could save money that could be used to hire specialty teachers and offer new programs to students, giving them access to a better education, Spearman said.In the past, the responsibility of paying for new schools largely has been left to local districts.
Meanwhile, Senate Education approved a proposal to require supervisory unions to manage contracts, business services and curriculum for school districts.
Some school districts – especially small, rural ones – need to merge with their neighbors or consolidate services to cut costs, says S. Districts also vary widely in how much they pay teachers, the debts they owe and their ability to raise money locally – factors that could discourage districts from merging.
It takes communication, energy and relationships to earn trust of the voters for their approval of change.
I have little faith that regional board members proposed under the H.883 governance bill will be able to earn such a trust. VTD/Josh Larkin " data-medium-file="https://i0com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/20110703-fourth July-19.jpg? fit=300,199&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/20110703-fourth July-19.jpg? fit=500,331&ssl=1" /Property taxes will go up, but all in all, few Vermonters will find major changes in their jobs, their commutes to work, their children’s education, their health care, or their recreational pursuits because of what happened in the Statehouse since January. Dick Mc Cormack, D-Windsor, is on the Health and Welfare Committee.
Because economic crises often provoke calls for consolidation as a means of increasing government efficiency, the contemporary interest in consolidation is not surprising.