Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Combining School Districts, Good Luck With That...

Seen the idea floated around a bit that to reduce the number of units of government in Illinois, we should start combining school districts.

Good luck with that...

Because besides the obvious logistical issues of who stays who goes in terms of administration, school boards and the like the simple fact is most people in 'stronger' districts would not want to merge with 'weaker' districts.

Lets use my neck of the woods as an example, I am confident Naperville 204 wouldn't want to merge with 203 nor would 203 or 204  want to merge with Oswego 308 and none of them would want to merge with East Aurora.  West Aurora wouldn't want to merge with East Aurora...

Why, well 204 has done a lot of building and is still paying for it, 203 while enhancing their buildings hasn't done nearly as much building the last 15 years.  So would 204 taxpayers be willing to help pay for those buildings....

The East Aurora district has a low tax rate (and low collections per student) compared to those districts around them, would they be willing to pay a significantly higher tax rate?  Would whatever district that merged with them be willing to spend the money to get that district up to the other district's level, with things like bussing and the like?

The advantage and disadvantage of school districts is you can live with people who share a view on education and how to fund it.  The problem is finding districts that agree on those issues willing to join forces.

Good luck



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