School District Consolidation

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  1. NewTeacher2016

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    I am still shocked to see that there are a lot of school districts with less than 1000 total students enrollment, I felt that a lot of federal and state funding is spent on administrative cost rather than on pupil themselves.
     
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    You’ve got to consider that area where these schools are located. Not all of these schools have the option to consolidate. Take my district for example. We are small, with five schools serving around 2500 kids. We are the only district in our county. There are surrounding districts with much fewer students. While it sounds like it would make sense to combine, doing so would make students have to be bussed long distances. As it stands, our district serves kids for a 250 square mile area. Some of our kids get on busses before 6am.

    Consolidation isn’t always a simple solution.
     
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    Transportation might be an issue right now but thanks to our rapid technological advancement, we could provide students in a remote area with a Chromebook. If the student does not have access to the internet, we are able to provide them with a cellular box/device with 4G capability.
     
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    Most of our students already have Chromebooks, and the rest will have them within two years. They are working on hotspots for those without internet access. (We are a high-poverty area, so we have a lot of kids without internet access.)

    I don't really see how isolating students and giving them Chromebooks is the answer either.
     
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    Isolating students with a Chromebook is absolutely not the answer. I teach in a tiny district. If we did consolidate, it would only be for administrative purposes. None of the schools would close or merge due to distance.
     
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    I don't think we are isolating students as everyone's so connected nowadays. Online education has boomed and demonstrated as a feasible approach to delivery content knowledge etc. It should be an option for the general public.
     
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    It is very expensive to run a school district, especially with all the administrative costs and redundant roles/functions.
     
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    I'd also venture to say it is very expensive to rehabilitate children who have never been properly socialized. Eventually they'll have to work in an environment besides an online one. Online interaction is very different from in-person socialization.
     
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    I do think that, in some cases, technology is making us more isolated. There is a benefit to seeing and talking with someone in person. I am also in one of those smaller district. We have three schools of about 700-800 students each, and, again, we encompass 250 square miles. We could, and do, utilize virtual education, but there are some areas of our district where neither is a feasible options - areas where internet services and cell phone reception are nonexistent.
     
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    I also teach in an area with high poverty, and we are very rural. We have such a small population that students are bused for sometimes around an hour or more because we don't have enough students to justify opening more buildings in the district. My previous district was also rural, but it had more schools in the district. If they were to consolidate, students might be bused for over forty minutes or more, even close to an hour in some cases. The elementary schools are pretty spread out, and it takes about forty or more minutes to drive from one end of the district to the other end. I don't see how forcing people to have longer bus rides will really help anyone.

    Giving a student a chrome book and some online schooling is not the answer, either. Online school is a choice some people like, but others want socialization. I can't imagine a society where kids grow up learning on the Internet instead of playing with others, cooperating to solve problems, and doing all the stuff they would do in a traditional school setting. Plus, at my current school, families pick between electricity, food, internet, and other basic needs on a monthly basis. They don't get all of them at the same time. We would be providing online school only to those who could access it or travel to a place where they could get internet. Very exclutionary. It takes a lot to run a school, and I doubt any school would take consolidation or the closing of buildings lightly.
     
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