ERIC Number: ED336216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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The Consolidation of a Rural School District: A Case Study.
Leisey, Robin M.; And Others
The Coffee County (Georgia) Board of Education voted to consolidate Nicholls and Broxton High Schools with Coffee High School. This case study analyzes the issues of school consolidation, benefits to students and financial implications through sociological and political science perspectives. Data were collected by personal interview, document analysis, and a questionnaire survey. Three major conclusions were reached. From the political science (financial) point of view, the decision to consolidate was in the best interest of the citizens of Coffee County because: (1) there were three high schools, but the available state money was only enough to support one; (2) the county supported 50 teachers with local funds, to keep 2 small high schools functional; and (3) the current school millage was 20 mills, which is the maximum allowed by law. From the political science (power) perspective, the state's Quality Basic Education Act placed financial pressure on systems to consolidate by granting "reward" money. While the local board of education had the power to vote on the decision, citizens and students appeared powerless. From the sociological perspective, the smaller schools will lose their identity and community spirit as a result of consolidation; however, curriculum advantages will be gained. Further research should address the effects of consolidation on communities and businesses, student relationships in the new schools, and the effectiveness of large versus small schools. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Coffee School District GA; Quality Basic Education Act (Georgia)
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