Consolidating school districts


It is a largely rural state, and one of the least populated, with a yearly average decline of about 1,300 students due to a stagnant population.The Burlington metro area, Vermont's largest, barely tops 200,000 people. towns have tried to pool resources and get the benefits of economies of scale by consolidating districts or schools, but one downside can be transportation, with students taking a bus an hour and a half one way, requiring them essentially to extend their school day and cut into extracurricular activities, according to Barth.For the Church of England, joining with Methodists will mean tearing up church laws dating back more than 350 years which say that no-one but an ordained priest can hold office in the Cof E.The ‘full communion’ between the two churches would mean the Cof E would have to allow unordained Methodist ministers to conduct services in its churches.The Church of England and the Methodist Church are set to merge more than 200 years after their historic split, it was revealed yesterday.



The Labour Party was famously said by one of its leaders ‘to owe more to Methodism than Marx.’However Methodist churches have lost more than a third of their membership over the past 12 years and it counted just 188,000 regular worshippers last year.A document on the merger published by both churches yesterday described these changes as ‘a challenge for the Methodist Church’.The first President-Bishop is thought likely to be ordained by Anglican bishops other than the Archbishop of Canterbury in order to avoid upsetting Methodist sensitivities.Taylor, who has attended the Rochester district all her life, said she didn't have enough time to research what school to attend, so she decided to stay.

Her brother attends the middle school, and their mother works in the school kitchen of the building that houses the middle school and high school.

Nationally, school budgets have yet to fully recover from the impact of the 2008-2009 recession, and while enrollment is increasing overall, the proportion of students in rural schools has been decreasing over the past decade, according to Patte Barth, the director of the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education.