Many school administrators across Nebraska are facing tight budgets and difficult decisions. Two districts in northeast Nebraska are considering a possible merger.
Randy Anderson, superintendent of the Hartington public school district, says they’ve agreed with the Newcastle district to hire a consultant.
“Both schools have contracted with an individual to do a feasibility study to find out if it would be appropriate to consider the next moves, which might be sharing programs or perhaps a merger,” Anderson says.
The leaders of small school districts are always talking with each other, he says, to consider the options.
“Newcastle district is in a situation where their student numbers are becoming smaller,” Anderson says. “Hartington’s numbers are fairly stable.”
The study should be complete in May. He says any action likely wouldn’t come until the summer of 2014.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton