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School consolidation committee meets today

A committee that regularly deals with one of the county’s hot-button issues – consolidating the area’s numerous districts – meets this morning.

The County Committee on School District Organization meets 9 a.m. at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office, 112 Nevada City Highway, in Nevada City.

The long-standing committee meets annually to discuss issues such as school consolidation and redistricting based on new census data.



On the agenda:

• Superintendent of Schools Holly Hermansen will discuss a proposal from educational finance consulting firm School Services of California to study the financial impacts of potential consolidation.




The county did a similar, in-house impact study several years ago.

“I want to see if the committee thinks it’s appropriate to take it further,” Hermansen said.

• The committee will consider transferring its responsibilities to the county board of education. Statewide, 25 counties have a separate school district organization committee, while 32 counties use only the county board of education.

The board meets more often than the committee and deals with a broad range of education issues, which may make it better suited to deal with the complexities of consolidation.

“It’s worth a discussion on the pros and cons,” said committee vice chair Bruce Boyd.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail mrindels@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4247.


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