Consolidating districts in nd
This information will help school board members, administrators, parents, and other community members to determine whether merger should be seriously considered for their districts.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.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.
At the outset, consolidation can save money by eliminating duplicate positions and combining such support services as transportation and maintenance.