Advantages consolidating schools
Those savings don’t include the massive reduction in pension costs that would also occur through consolidation.The consolidation solution This report does not encourage school consolidation – the decision to consolidate schools should remain in the hands of local taxpayers.
And to prevent local property taxes from rising, the commission should develop policies on limiting the merger of local bargaining units in newly combined districts.By 1955, the state had cut the number of districts to 2,242, and by the year 2000, the district count had fallen to 894. Nearly 45 percent are elementary, 12 percent are secondary (high school), and 45 percent are unit districts, meaning they serve both elementary and secondary students.Despite the massive reduction in Illinois school districts, the state is still not efficient when compared with its 14 peer states that also serve 1 million or more students.The cost of administrative staffs at school districts adds up quickly.Nearly all districts have superintendents and secretaries, as well as additional personnel in human resources, special education, facilities management, business management and technology.Another example is Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School District 233 and its two elementary feeder districts.
Consolidation would cut down on the three districts’ 68 office administrators, saving local taxpayers over $5 million a year in salary costs, or over $750 per student.
These local units of government are also responsible for Illinois’ growing property taxes, which already rank as the third-highest in the country.
Many of the state’s local governments could be consolidated – which would help to reduce their negative effects.
If considered carefully and implemented properly, school district consolidation could provide serious financial benefits to both local taxpayers and the state, have a positive effect on student outcomes, and increase government transparency at the local level. fell dramatically, to fewer than 20,000 from over 120,000. In 1942, Illinois had more than 12,000 districts – the most of any state in the nation.
From 1930 through 1970, a gradual consolidation process eliminated 9 of every 10 school districts nationally. Over 10,000 of these were one-room schools with an average enrollment of 12 students.
If Illinois school districts served the same number of students as California, Illinois would have 500 fewer school districts than it has today.