California published a study on whether to consolidate its smaller school districts it did in 2011. It looked at costs and benefits. There were some interesting findings.
- They found among other things that medium-sized districts did better in student performance than the large or very small sized districts.
- While very small districts cost much more, districts of over 1000 students were considered as economical as large districts.
- Most communities preferred their own school district and did not want to consolidate.
- They determined that there would not be substantial savings financially for consolidating nor would there be improvements in student performances.
- In the end, they recommended not forcing consolidation, but rather to eliminate disincentives for consolidating for districts under 100 students (which I agree with).
This video is almost 10 minutes long, concise, and worth watching.