What is the benefit to high school students, parents, and taxpayers?
A consolidated school system would be the largest in the state, even larger than the Portland system. Given that larger scale, it would be able to offer a greater variety of offerings and cater better to individual student needs. For example, one high school might specialize in STEM offerings and the other the Humanities, with students taking advantage of what interests them most. The aim would be to better prepare students for post high school education and the jobs of the future.
The Commission has identified nearly $500,000 of administrative savings from reducing duplicative costs. At the same time it has made no recommendations regarding facilities, teaching, and curricula. That is best left to the professionals.
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