ERIC Number: ED202614
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov-9
Reference Count: 0
Reorganization of School Districts: Late 1950's to Present Time.
In 1958, as a result of a preliminary report on educational needs, the education committee of the Kansas Legislative Council: (1) appropriated funds for a comprehensive survey of the State's educational system; (2) selected a 35 member citizens state advisory committee; and (3) directed each county to organize a county survey group which was to plan the kind of education needed by its children to live successfully during this century, to examine the adequacy of present education programs, and to determine how to make necessary changes. As a result of the survey, legislation set up county planning boards to plan unification of school districts. Board recommendations were submitted to the people for approval. Several clarifying acts solved numerous problems. By July 1969, there were 311 unified school districts operating under the same laws. Additional legislation abolished the offices of State Superintendent and County Superintendent and created a 10 member elected board responsible for education and for hiring a Commissioner of Education. Two volatile problems encountered in the unification process were the closing of attendance centers and the transfer of territory. A brief explanation of how legislation is submitted and adopted or rejected by the House Education Committee is included. (CM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kansas; Planning Boards
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Kansas State University Rural and Small School Conference (2nd, Manhattan, KS, November 9-11, 1980).