Smaller districts try to save money, avoid consolidation

The smallest school districts in Johnson County could save money by merging, as fewer employees would be needed to run a newly combined school district, but they don’t think the change is needed.

For the past several years fewer students have been attending Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson schools, and property tax caps have been limiting the amount of money Edinburgh schools could collect to pay its bills. Both rural school districts have been collecting less money to pay for teachers’ salaries and benefits, building upgrades and transportation.

To compensate, both school districts have been slow to fill positions when teachers or other employees resigned or retired. Indian Creek has been trying to conserve the money it receives from the state for every student that attends its schools, while Edinburgh is trying to spend less of the local property tax dollars it collects.

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