ERIC Number: ED353104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
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This report describes the North Dakota School District Boundary Restructuring Program that was adopted by the 1989 North Dakota legislature in an effort to offset declining population and school enrollment in rural areas. The program provides incentive money for clusters of school districts to join together to enhance educational opportunities for students and to make better use of limited educational and administrative services. At present the program includes 19 clusters of school districts called consortiums across the state. A total of 107 of 268 North Dakota school districts are involved in the program. Seventeen of the 19 consortiums have received planning grants from the state, and 12 of these consortiums are implementing approved cooperative educational plans. Seven additional consortiums are developing plans to be implemented in September of 1993. The School District Boundary Restructuring Program has succeeded in bringing together units large enough to gain significant cost efficiency and to provide comprehensive educational programs. The cooperation and sharing of resources under this program is timely for four reasons: (1) to help smaller schools to meet new school accreditation requirements; (2) to help ease fiscal restraints of rural school districts; (3) to allow North Dakota to take advantage of technological advances that would be too costly for single school budgets; and (4) to help school districts manage the change resulting from declining population. This program encourages full participation of communities and local educational leaders in improving educational opportunities for rural students. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Center for Rural Education and Small Schools.
Identifiers - Location: North Dakota