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Letter to the Editor
Reader suggests school consolidation

April 17, 2013

Dear Editor,

In response to "Budget tightrope," April 10, instead of increasing class size, reducing instructional staff and quality of education, why not consolidate under three or four county school districts like the majority of other states?

There are 28 school districts in Oakland County, which means 28 school boards, superintendents, deputy superintendents, athletic directors, school bus garages, administration offices and the list goes on. Let's not forget about negotiating contracts with multiple teacher unions. Create four districts such as Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast districts serving those schools.

The state of Michigan has over 860 school districts (of overhead) with a total state population of 9.8 million residents. A state such as Florida has only 67 school districts with a total state population of 19.3 million. Just a thought!

James Phillips

Independence Township