Petrolia (Texas) district asks neighboring system to consider consolidation

April 21, 2011
Byers district officials say budgetary woes may force them to look at merging with another system

From The Wichita Falls Times-Record-News: Petrolia (Texas) School Superintendent Derrith Welch is asking the Byers district to consider consolidating the two school districts.

Earlier: Byers school district officials admit there's a chance of consolidation in the near future in the face of expected state education budget cuts. The district, with 74 enrolled students, has two primary concerns — years of declining enrollment, and an estimated loss of about 15 percent of state-received funding. One solution being tossed around is consolidation with a nearby school district; Petrolia is a likely candidate. Any such consolidation would have to be approved by voters in both the receiving and consolidating districts. (The Wichita Falls Times-Record-News)

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