My View on School Consolidation

I have been listening to everyone’s comments on school consolidation, and I have to say, I am appalled.

There is so much negativity in the community. The ones that support the issue are not as vocal. One local resident expressed concern to me over voicing their support of the issue for fear of starting an argument with friends.

I am worried we may become a community divided, regardless of the outcome. I am not afraid to voice my support of the issue. I am in favor of consolidation.

Money is the biggest issue for all concerned. The state cannot provide funding as in the past. And, if the state so chooses, they could step in and solve our problem for us. All three schools could be absorbed into another system, without being partnered. This would mean no voices would be heard at all.

It is up to all of us to look out for the well-being of our children. It isn’t about sports, school colors, past rivalries, etc. It is about education!

With the consolidation, more could and more than likely would, be offered academically. Our children would thrive with the realm of knowledge to be gained.

There are other ways the children would benefit from consolidation. One of the most important being social skills. They would meet many others and learn more from others around them. This will benefit them the rest of their lives.

Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Academics, to me, is the most important reason to consolidate. Our children could benefit, or be left behind if consolidation doesn’t happen.

The world is ever changing. If we don’t change with it, not only do we lose but, we lose our future in our children.

I for one don’t want to sacrifice a child’s future because of fear of the future.

I commend the school board members in all three districts for their efforts in dealing with this issue. I am sure it has been very difficult for them.

One last thing: Before developing an opinion, please be well-informed. Know ALL of the facts. Remember, this is for long-term. Having the finances for now doesn’t guarantee a stable future.

We owe our children the best education possible.



About katcountryhub
I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

One Response to My View on School Consolidation

  1. Bancroft-Rosalie consolidated its schools before i came to Rosalie. Educationally i find the school typical of small rural public school districts, adequate but not exceptional, and this of course, is only partially due to the provincialism of local culture, even in the cities and suburban districts, this is not a rural matter, alone.

    The notion of public education originated in the United States, and this is perhaps one of our country’s greatest achievements. Part of this success is rooted in local engagement, and again, such thinking is foundational to a community’s capacity to remain cohesive and flexible to change.

    As the larger community and school, Bancroft’s local needs became dominant over those of Rosalie. Closure of Rosalie’s early 20th Century school occurred because the district faced a $110,000 cost in repairing the roof of that structure; yet a few year’s later, a mufti-million dollar bond issue – which including a brand new gymnasium to be built in Bancroft at several times the cost of re-roofing the Rosalie School itself (not to mention how both locales had adequate-if-aging gymnasiums that had a decades’ worth of life remaining in both) – narrowly passed, with the tax levy increase taking more than a decade to return to its previous level.

    Rosalie’s smaller populous has both representation on the School Board and a voice in structuring the consolidated district’s educational and operational direction but that is all it has, and our views and interests as a community are rarely incorporated into longterm planning.

    Where i grew up in California, the suburban community – admittedly a wealthy area – consolidated the incorporated and unincorporated towns and areas and resultant school districts into one district with one high school a few years after i graduated; a quarter-century later the region decoupled the school and district back to the way it was before. Community identity was only partially the reason. It was simply cheaper to have and operate two districts rather than one.

    Consolidation is not a panacea, and needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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