“There are some small school districts in some small, really poor, rural areas of this state that really need to consider consolidation,” said Spartanburg District 2 Superintendent Scott Mercer.“When you have a school district with less than 1,000 students, you have so many people wearing so many hats, adequate staffing becomes an issue.” Republican state Rep.
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.
public school districts may need more than a leaky roof or decrepit building to get state money that lawmakers may spend to improve aging schools. School districts offer small communities an identity they won’t surrender easily.
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Who should have the power to consolidate or split districts?
Who decides how many members a school board should have, and whether they are elected at large, from single-member districts, or some of each?
School districts also have very unequal amounts of fiscal autonomy in terms of approving their budgets and setting their mill rates.
The governance of school districts is the last vestige of our late and unlamented form of local government by county delegation.
However, some poor districts do not have the tax base needed to raise money to renovate or build new facilities.