There may be savings from merging middle schools and high schools, which again means fewer administrators are needed. Salary equalization, whereby the teacher and staff salaries of one district are raised to be commensurate with those in the other district, almost always is necessary and usually is costly.
(It is possible, of course, to lower salaries in one district to the level of the other, but this is very difficult politically.) Although the jobs of some higher-level administrators (e.g., superintendent, principals, business manager) can be eliminated because the merged district is relatively large, some additional mid-level administrative staff (e.g., assistant superintendent, assistant principals) may be needed.
examines advantages and disadvantages of consolidating, some of the reasons such action is not popular, and alternatives that can accomplish some of the objectives of consolidation.
This information will help school board members, administrators, parents, and other community members to determine whether merger should be seriously considered for their districts.
This trend ended, and consolidation did not receive much attention until recently.Modest savings can also result from more efficient bus routes and elimination of one school board.Little, if any, savings are realized from eliminating teaching positions, because the merged district is serving the same number of students as were the separate districts.Since 1994, however, the state has softened its support of consolidation, as is evident in the omission of consolidation-study money in the FY 1996–97 budget (begins October 1).In Michigan a consolidation may occur only if a majority of voters in two (or more) districts approve.The new district operates under a single name, administration, and school board.Board members are elected at large from the new district, they appoint a new superintendent, and a new labor contract is negotiated with the combined teachers and staffs.If approved, the districts legally dissolve, and a new one is created in their place.The district takes on a new name, the school board changes, the administration is reconfigured, and the way school buildings are used may change.Although there has not been a school district consolidation in Michigan in more than 10 years, they once were common.Since the early 1900s, school district mergers have reduced the number of school districts in Michigan by 92 percent, bringing the current number to 562 (including K–6 and K–8 districts.).