School mergers haven’t delivered on savings as promised. So here’s what some school officials in Addison County are suggesting to fix the problem: consolidate even more! No mention of re-negotiating salaries as an alternative solution, though.
“At issue is our ability to afford the school systems we have. Because school funding is based on a per pupil amount of state aid (currently around $18,800 per student per year), when student populations drop at a school, state aid diminishes and local taxes either have to be raised or expenses must be cut. And each time a school district drops 10 students, that’s another $188,000 taken out of the school and out of the community’s economy. It’s part of a downward economic spiral that should worry us all."
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