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ERIC Number: ED376992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Consolidation Model for K-12 Consolidation within Missoula County.
Bailey, George; And Others
This analysis outlines the costs and savings that would accrue if all elementary school districts in Missoula County (Montana) were consolidated or unified with Missoula County High School District for the 1993-94 school year. Following a listing of the 12 K-8 districts to be consolidated and their populations, 6 of the superintendents involved delineate their assumptions about such issues as school closings; administrator, teacher, and staff levels; textbook and lunch services; responsibility for administrative services; health insurance and social security payments; and indebtedness. Dollar costs and savings are projected for school closings, salary changes, basic entitlements and guaranteed tax base contributions by the state, retirement fund payments, changes in personnel and job classifications, health insurance, retirement and social security payments, and other areas. The study concludes that: (1) there would be no savings to local taxpayers in consolidating the school districts of Missoula County except if buildings were closed; (2) if basic entitlements and guaranteed tax base payments are not made by the state, local taxes will rise significantly; (3) there would be no savings in personnel costs at administrative levels; (4) there would be significant cost increases associated with placing personnel of consolidated districts on the salary schedule of the largest district; and (5) there would be no apparent immediate benefits to students. Although the State of Montana might realize a savings of approximately two million dollars through this plan, Missoula County taxpayers would need to absorb the tax burden if present educational opportunities for students were to be maintained. (RAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Montana