Incentives for consolidating school districts

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Schools across the region are taking unprecedented steps to save money – consolidating schools, sharing superintendents, cutting staff.

But one option has remained largely untouched: reshaping school district boundaries.

There have been numerous amendments to the Plan since that time, but the 1958 Plan continues to be a guide for reorganization in New York.

The Structure of New York State School Districts Table 1: New York State School Districts as of July 2010 III. The 1947 document was updated a decade later and, in 1958, it was renamed the State Plan for School District Reorganization.

Paul Le Page is scheduled to unveil his budget for the last two years of his governorship on Friday.

One thing that won’t be in the document, the governor has long said, is state funding to pay for superintendent salaries because the governor believes the state has too many superintendents.

The ongoing process of reorganization received focus through the adoption in 1947, of a statewide Master Plan for School District Reorganization.

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Staff and teacher ratios meanwhile have remained constant.

oday and tomorrow, more school leaders from Vermont’s 277 distinct school districts will descend on Montpelier, where they will meet individually with members of the Vermont School Boards Association, Vermont Superintendents Association, and officials from the Agency of Education (AOE) to discuss how they will begin implementing the new state law, Act 46, which is aimed at restructuring school districts into larger, more cost-effective systems that better serve students.

In June, the first such set of meetings with school board members and superintendents were held in Montpelier — notably without a quorum of board members so the meetings would not be considered public, and would not have to be warned as such.

Most were common school districts providing education only through the 8th grade; many were organized around a one-room school.

By the beginning of this century over 10,000 school districts were in existence.

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