School districts seeking state’s insight for consolidation research

DESE’s presence requested at January meeting

When asked what possible benefits could consolidation bring, Katie Safely (right), part of the consolidation research committee, said a larger, combined school district could possibly attract and maintain upper-level teachers for advanced placement college courses. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

By Shawn Roney, for the Richmond News

The Hardin-Central and Norborne school districts might soon receive some input from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that the districts can use in examining the feasibility of consolidating.

That was what Norborne Superintendent Troy Lentz suggested during the consolidation research committee’s Nov. 20 meeting in the Hardin-Central gym.

In answering a question from a committee member about whether Hardin-Central and Norborne would begin operations under deficit spending if they consolidated, Lentz said DESE had been approached about drafting “a scenario of what it would’ve looked like if the two districts … (had) combined in 2015, 2016.”

The complete story is in the Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Richmond News.


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