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ERIC Number: ED279485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Manual for Merger. A Guide to Examine the Feasibility & Implications of Merger: The Pros & Cons.
Bridgman, John N., Jr., Ed.
Written for boards of education, school administrators, and others who wish to explore the possibilities of merger within their own counties, this manual examines the pros and cons through the experiences of those who have implemented school district mergers in recent years in North Carolina. Guidelines are provided for implementing mergers legally, efficiently, and with as much public support as possible. The manual begins with historical background on North Carolina's special chartered school districts, created from 1870 to 1957 and intended to improve education with money from special supplemental taxes. The trend toward mergers of these districts is discussed, including social and economic factors that led to 27 mergers from 1960 to 1986. Specific questions relating to merger are then posed. They cover the impact of mergers on educational costs, long-range planning, taxing authority, and student achievement. The effects of growing percentages of minority and disadvantaged students, enrollment decline, and public sentiment are examined. A section on legal requirements spells out North Carolina procedures. A sequence of 7 steps is suggested for boards of education exploring the possibilities of merger, and 12 steps are outlined for boards electing to proceed with merger. (JHZ)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Consolidated Schools, County School Districts, Decision Making, Educational Finance, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Feasibility Studies, Mergers, Rural Education, School District Size, School District Spending, School Districts
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners; Community
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of School Planning.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina