Consolidating school systems
Schools' declining enrollments and budget shortfalls have only exacerbated a trend that has been remaking the public education landscape for decades. Even more startling are these numbers: For those same years, the average enrollment in public elementary schools grew from 89 students to 502.As schools grow, parents feel more disconnected and their involvement diminishes."And I was never sure if I could go ahead on something without the approval of the other two presidents or if two presidents overruled the other one.We didn't quite know what our roles were." The tri-presidency, which did ensure a balance of power among the three merging groups, is one example of how parent organizations at schools undergoing consolidation handle what is often a turbulent change. had 247,127 public elementary and secondary schools; by 1997-1998, that number had been whittled to 90,661, according to the U. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics."With the word "committee," many parents did not think they could join in," says Principal Sara Cramer."The new name emphasized that it was a group for any parent or teacher who chose to join or come to a meeting.
Imbrunone, is one of six high schools in Michigan selected to perform at the 40th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival Labor Day weekend. The team of students won seven medals and received the Rising Star trophy in the K-5 division for the highest overall finishing position as compared to last year's tournament. WCS students were honored at the Festival of the Arts awards ceremony on May 6 at the Sterling Heights Senior Center.In retrospect, though, the set-up presented challenges."One president was out of town for most of the summer, so we couldn't get everyone together before school started," she says.For additional research from peer-reviewed journals and for research on other topics, contact the Ask A REL Reference Desk.Consolidation of Schools and Districts: What the Research Says and What it Means Howley, C., Johnson, J., & Petrie, J. University of Colorado, National Education Policy Center.