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Additional Aid Recommended for Consolidating School Districts

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With it difficult to predict how much money is needed to consolidate different school districts across Nebraska, a legislative committee is recommending additional aid be available to help the consolidation process.

Sen. Kate Sullivan, chairwoman for the Legislature's Education Committee, says the recommendation came from talks with rural school-district administrators.

District consolidations can require additional money to pay teachers or to offer buyouts, or to get rid of buildings that are no longer needed. Jon Habben of the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association says the costs are difficult to predict.

Instead of making major changes to the formula for consolidation aid, lawmakers agreed to support a one-time expenditure of $2 million to support school districts that are making the transition.

The funding would come from Nebraska Lottery revenue.

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