Tonight is the first meeting of the statewide District Consolidation Task Force, we’re in Leg Hall in the House Hearing room on the 2nd floor.
- The last time the State looked seriously at consolidating school districts was in 2002 but only for Kent and Sussex school districts
- The study found initially there would be costs savings due to the reduction in number of superintendents and administrative secretaries. These savings quickly disappeared once costs for additional earned assistant superintendent units that would be earned by larger districts were factored in.
- The 2001-2002 school year national average district enrollment size was 3,210 students. The 2001-2002 average Delaware school district enrollment size was 5,898 students.
- The optimal district enrollment size was determined to be between 1,500 and 6,000 students.
- Cost of district consolidation was estimated to be $7.2 million in 2002 dollars.
Kevin Ohlandt has the breakdown of who’s on the entire task force:
The entire task force will be divided into 4 subcommittees:
- Structure, Transportation and Manpower: led by Dr. Kevin Carson and assisted by Jaques
- Financial: led by Fred Sears (think Rodel) and assisted by Mike Jackson, will deal with property assessments
- Academic and Children Needs: led by Dr. Bunting and assisted by Rep. Miro
- Teachers And Staff: led by Dusty Blakey, assisted by Jeff Taschner
There will be more to come.