School Consolidation Update 

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.