Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Is Consolidation The Answer To Reducing School Spending?

From a D&C article about school district budget cuts:

Marty Levin of Greece thinks that school districts need to step into the 21st century when it comes to budget management.

He wrote, "We are in the 21st century and still operate our schools as they were in the 20th century. We need to address consolidating school districts, school superintendents, principals and vice principals, and admin support. The savings could be huge."

Consolidation could save enormous amounts of money, that much is likely true. But, as was seen when the idea of consolidating the city and suburban districts was floated a few years ago, that's one of those ideas that looks good on paper but has little to no support on the ground. Not saying it couldn't be done, just that I wonder how much public sentiment has changed.


Anonymous said...

We here at CrapStar Construction Company strongly favor school consolodation.

Population demographics clearly demonstrate there are presently less students than the buildings were built to accomodate. Projections indicate less and less students will be netering schools.

This indicates a need to use school buildings more effectively, to save money for the taxpayers. We pay taxes here at CrapStar, and we don't want to pay more taxes. Actually we have become as good at cheating on taxes as we are at cheating building construction, but that is beside the point.

Consolodating and remodeling are the way to save money on things like heat and light and floor wax. This will reduce the number of school employees necessary and create construction jobs. CrapStar stands ready and willing to participate in the planning that will be necessary so we can get more contracts to cheat the taxpayer on.

Please vote yes on the next school bond issue so we can scam your district. Did I mention this will create construction jobs?

Ya think the suckers will believe that?

Anonymous said...

School consolidation exists in other states. The state Walts went to seems to have a county school district. Maryland also has county districts that cross over town and city borders. These districts have a mix of race and wealth at each school, theoretically.
If we were to consolidate for example in Monroe County there would be one school district where the students would come from the city of Rochester as well as the outlying towns. Think magnets and schools of choice on steroids. Can you envision the feeder pattern that would include the Dewey Stone area with the 10th ward of the city? The north of Brighton with the East High students? The south of Greece with the 19th ward of the city? The Northgate neighborhood with the Charlotte city students?
The concept of BOCES in New York State seems to fulfill the law of the land that there be no discrimination or segregation in our schools. But BOCES just oversees and offers services for special needs students and hands-on learning for high schoolers in hair dressing, food service and auto repair. In reality our districts keep people of economic backgrounds together and segregate the poorest at the city schools.
Since we are following the letter of the law with BOCES there will be no effort to consolidate school districts in New York State.
As far as saving money, it probably does not. The bigger the bureaucracy, the more chance of layers of management and creation of dictators. They get big salaries.

SCATS said...

To 4:15PM ~~ Without consolidation, Greece's Supt. has one of the highest salaries of ANY public employee in all of Monroe County. So for Greece, it might provide some pittance of savings.