Monday, February 15, 2010
Officials at many small and rural school districts say consolidating school districts will not save as much as a legislative audit says it will.
The audit released last week says the state could save $129 million by consolidating the state's 293 districts into 152 districts. However, legislators said they had no plans to force consolidations.
But critics of the idea say many individual consolidations would save less than $500,000. And that doesn't take into account the short-term expense of merging school districts.
Rep. John Grange, of El Dorado, says he thinks the report could be used to argue against consolidation. He says he was surprised that consolidations wouldn't save more money, and he sees no reason to pursue consolidations now.