Consolidating school districts pros cons

Recker expects significant savings by reducing duplicated services such as transportation and administrative expenses.

Arcadia, for example, employs two principals and one superintendent.

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The average in administrative costs, statewide, is 21 cents for each dollar spent, although districts vary from 11 cents in Lakewood, near Cleveland, to 68 cents in Jefferson Township in Montgomery County.

Looking at it another way, earlier this year, the Thomas B.

“In most cases taxes go up in the ‘losing’ district,” Ebright said.

Ebright thinks the goal of merger proponents is to have one county-wide district in each of Ohio’s 88 counties.

But exactly how much might be saved won’t be known until the commission completes its work – assuming voters give the go-ahead for its completion.

Even then, voters still must formally approve a merger in another vote.The districts in Rittman and Orrville have consolidated several top administrative positions, including the superintendent and treasurer, to save money.But such efforts are so rare as to be mostly non-existent and the question remains whether Ohio needs – and state tax dollars ought to be used to maintain – 600 school districts for its 1.8 million students.He used Licking County, a rural-suburban district east of Columbus of about 160,000 residents with 10 public school districts, including Granville, an upscale community with good schools and a high tax rate.“If everyone in Licking County wanted what Granville has, it’s going to take dollars to do it,” he said.Districts are trying to balance budgets by cutting non-instructional costs and asking taxpayers for more money to try and avoid layoffs of teachers, even though classroom personnel are, by far, the greatest expense facing schools.

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