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October 10, 2011 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
I have said it before, schools and post offices in Eastern Ohio are destined to consolidate. It is just the nature of the beast. Less people and less money to operate make it virtually impossible to keep the status quo. Consolidation will play out in varying time frames, but schools have an edge for extended life as compared to post offices. School districts can help stop the financial bleeding by partnering up with their neighboring districts. They can share all types of services and personnel to reduce operating costs while also offering additional activities. Buckeye Local and Harrison Hills were pioneers in such a money-saving endeavor. It appears to be working. If such expansive school districts like those two can pair up, why not Bellaire-Shadyside, Bridgeport-Martins Ferry and Union Local-Barnesville and/or St. Clairsville? Such joint partnerships could cut operating expenses prohibitively without a district losing its identity. That is a win-win scenario. School consolidations will eventually happen, but teamwork can help delay the inevitable.


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