Consolidation of Schools: Combining Students from Different Schools

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The one room, log cabin, private school began by the colonists, who came from Europe, served its purpose in the early 1600’s. As the United States increased in size, so did the education system, from the first district being formed in the mid 1700 to 1800’s. Advance to the early 1900’s and many one room schools dotted the land throughout rural areas. These small districts had to meet the standards set by the educational system. High financial costs were involved in meeting and holding these standards to provide quality educational programs and adequate school facilities. This created a burden on the smaller districts, thus the thought of consolidation; “the combining of schools, districts, or administrative units…to create administrative …show more content…
As schools are shutdown, the students are forced into larger districts.
Nitta, Holley and Wrobel in their study summarized the “arguments against consolidation [as being], smaller schools provide students with better support; smaller schools provide more accessible extra-curricular activities; [consolidation] causes teacher stress; hurts vacated communities; hurts students by requiring them to ride buses for long periods of time; leads to reduced parent participation.” The reactions of the relocated students and teachers are different than those at the receiving school. Students are faced with the anxiety of going to a new building, meeting new peers and teachers, and enduring a lengthy bus ride. In small schools, a student will receive more interaction with the teacher than is possible in a class of increased size. Extra-curricular activities such as basketball, band and choir may have more participants, since the location of the school is usually centered in the community. When students are separated to various districts, close friends, who have been together since childhood, find themselves parting ways. Usually in the larger the school, there arises more conflict among individuals and peer groups. There…