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Old 01-25-2019, 01:07 PM
 
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What you think of small school districts joining larger towns to save the state some money. Oxford schools which less than 2,000 kids would join Newtown or Middlebury etc


“School districts with fewer than 2,000 students would be required to join other districts to regionalize populations and save money on administrative costs, under legislation submitted by state Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff.”

https://ctpost.com/politics/article/...o-13561693.php
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Old 01-25-2019, 01:57 PM
 
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What you think of small school districts joining larger towns to save the state some money. Oxford schools which less than 2,000 kids would join Newtown or Middlebury etc


“School districts with fewer than 2,000 students would be required to join other districts to regionalize populations and save money on administrative costs, under legislation submitted by state Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff.”

https://ctpost.com/politics/article/...o-13561693.php
Interesting concept and in my own view likely a good budgetary step. But the backlash will be strong and swift. People like local schools even when they don't make much sense. So my prediction is unless they trim this way back (like districts with less then 1k students ) I don't see it being implemented.
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Old 01-25-2019, 02:12 PM
 
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Oh I can't wait to see the backlash in Litchfield County. For example, I don't see region 12 being okay, in any way, with a consolidation with any of the surrounding districts
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Old 01-25-2019, 02:33 PM
 
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Oh I can't wait to see the backlash in Litchfield County. For example, I don't see region 12 being okay, in any way, with a consolidation with any of the surrounding districts
Yeah the two I thought of up here would be forcing Windsor locks and Suffield to merge (might like that if you lived in WL not so much if you lived in Suffield).
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Old 01-25-2019, 03:02 PM
 
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What you think of small school districts joining larger towns to save the state some money. Oxford schools which less than 2,000 kids would join Newtown or Middlebury etc

https://ctpost.com/politics/article/...o-13561693.php
So Oxford always used to have its own elementary and I think middle but went to high school over in Seymour.

But, I think it was around 10-15 years ago they built the new high school, which is quite lovely, and are planning on breaking ground on a new middle school this spring/summer to open the 21-22 school year. The K-2 is also a new building.

Interesting idea, but small towns like Oxford, and not going to want to give up what was already invested in.
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Old 01-25-2019, 03:27 PM
 
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I do not agree with this. This should be up to the community and not be state mandated. What is to prevent the state from trying to force other consolidations? I doubt this will go anywhere. Jay
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Old 01-25-2019, 03:34 PM
 
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So Oxford always used to have its own elementary and I think middle but went to high school over in Seymour.

But, I think it was around 10-15 years ago they built the new high school, which is quite lovely, and are planning on breaking ground on a new middle school this spring/summer to open the 21-22 school year. The K-2 is also a new building.

Interesting idea, but small towns like Oxford, and not going to want to give up what was already invested in.
Yeah, and Oxford would fight this hard and with cause -- is one of the rare growing towns in CT.... it's already not far from that 2,000 student threshold.

On the other hand, region 12 only has about 650 students in k-12 and spends more per pupil than just about any other district in the state.
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Old 01-25-2019, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Oh I can't wait to see the backlash in Litchfield County. For example, I don't see region 12 being okay, in any way, with a consolidation with any of the surrounding districts
Would create 30-45 minute commutes to school for some.
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Old 01-25-2019, 04:20 PM
 
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Yeah, and Oxford would fight this hard and with cause -- is one of the rare growing towns in CT.... it's already not far from that 2,000 student threshold.

On the other hand, region 12 only has about 650 students in k-12 and spends more per pupil than just about any other district in the state.
Yes we are. Interesting town to live in as it struggles with the growth.

But yeah, this would cause major issues. No way anybody around here would want their kids going to Seymour. Maybe head over to Pomperaug, but they are pretty big over there.

Maybe peel off one of the neighboring towns that is part of a regional program and have them come to Oxford.

The funny thing about a bill like this, probably would not save much. You get rid of some admin costs, maybe. But you would still need all the teachers, that would not change. Maybe lose a gym teacher, some music people, etc. But that is not worth sending my kids on a 30-45 minute bus ride every day.
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Old 01-25-2019, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Northern Fairfield Co.
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Yes we are. Interesting town to live in as it struggles with the growth.

But yeah, this would cause major issues. No way anybody around here would want their kids going to Seymour. Maybe head over to Pomperaug, but they are pretty big over there.

Maybe peel off one of the neighboring towns that is part of a regional program and have them come to Oxford.

The funny thing about a bill like this, probably would not save much. You get rid of some admin costs, maybe. But you would still need all the teachers, that would not change. Maybe lose a gym teacher, some music people, etc. But that is not worth sending my kids on a 30-45 minute bus ride every day.
Oxford is on the cusp of the cutoff right now — 1,950 students in the district. You’re a growing community though. I wouldn’t give it much thought — if this passes, and by the time it does, you’ll be well on your way past the 2k number

I worry about the effect it will have on my neighbor town of Sherman. Only 300 students there, with one k-8 school. They pay a per pupil fee for every high schooler they send to a neighboring town (mainly New Fairfield or New Milford which are the two nearest high schools). If they’re forced to consolidate and join one of those two school districts, their taxes are going to skyrocket pretty much overnight once they have to share in that district’s education budget. Right now Sherman’s education budget is around $9 million. New Fairfield’s, which is a town similarly sized to Oxford and almost demographically identical to it (I think we have about 2,400 students district wide, so more kids at the moment, but we’re not growing at the same rate as your town is) is $43 million. I can’t even imagine what New Milford’s is, as its much larger...
I could easily see a $2k RE hike for Sherman residents if they have to pitch in to an education budget that they most certainly do not want or need. They have crazy low taxes for this area, and I’m sure they’re very happy about that....

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