Schools chief tells senators some school districts should be combined

Spearman said the districts are small and rural

Ed Jenson
August 27, 2017 - 9:42 am

South Carolina’s top education official told a state Senate panel she believes some school districts need to merge or be consolidated to better serve students.

Education Superintendent Molly Spearman told a Senate education finance panel most of these districts are rural and small.

“We’ve got to look at the governance structure of some of these very, very small districts,” she said. She said many of those districts have fewer than 1,000 total students — smaller than a single school in most of the state’s suburban districts.

Spearman said that any consolidations will be done with the students’ best interests. “I look at this as how are we going to give the opportunities and the support that we need to give to those students, particularly in those rural districts,” Spearman said.

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