A state official says about half of
Maine’s students attend schools in newly consolidated districts.
A school consolidation law, passed in 2007, requires districts
to form regional school units to reduce administrative costs and
save taxpayers millions of dollars. The law envisions reducing
Maine’s school districts from 290 to about 80.
The state Education Department’s finance director, Jim Rier,
told legislators that consolidation plans already approved account
for nearly 103,000 students, or 52 percent of the total number of
Rier told the Appropriations Committee that the department has
approved six reorganization plans and 39 alternative plans.