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Because consolidation creates larger school districts, it results in lower costs per pupil whenever economies of size exist.Economies of size could arise for many reasons, which we discuss in “Does School District Consolidation Cut Costs? First, the services provided to each student by certain education professionals may not diminish in quality as the number of students increases, at least over some range.In New York, consolidating districts may receive an increase in their basic operating aid of up to 40 percent for five years, with declining increases for an additional nine years.On top of this aid, consolidating districts also may receive a 30 percent increase in building aid for projects initiated within 10 years of consolidation.