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Advantages and disadvantages of consolidating school districts within a state

Yet as schools struggle through the seventh year of flat or reduced increases in state aid — the recently passed state budget is a welcome change, school and elected officials have said — some have questioned how much really remains to be saved.

There is general agreement, she said, that New York could stand to have fewer districts, drawn along geographic lines with an eye toward keeping travel times as low as possible.“If you have a school district that is somewhere between 3,000 and 7,000, that would be [relatively] smaller, but you’d end up in a high school with probably between 1,500 and 2,000,” Elia said.

The New York State Education Department has published voluminous guidelines on how school districts may approach reorganization, and notes potential benefits of larger districts, including: Yet school district consolidation remains a rare bird.

A 2014 report by the New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) titled “Why Do School Mergers Fail?

Massachusetts has 298 public school districts, with 1,800 schools and nearly 956,000 students.