This appeared from Scott Coffey in a comment. I think it deserves broader readership:
I always get a chuckle when someone “assures” me that something can’t be done.
We were told that alot in 2010 as we tried to turn around an insolvent D-26.
We were told to either jack up the limiting rate in order to fund our current unaffordable operating cost structure or just let the State come in and take over the district.
The voters put into office people that would do the hard work of fixing the district.
After significant restructuring efforts, here we are, seven years later, and D-26’s operating funds spent $7.2 million (or 23%) less last year than it did when we began in 2010.
D-155 in 2010 spent $83.7 million out of its operating funds, but grew spending to $92.9 million by FY16.
How is it that one district can CUT spending 23% while, at the same time, another district, facing the same economic issues and declining enrollment trends, GREW spending by 11%? What could possibly account for the wildly disparate trends in spending?
As to creating a unit district, I had written elsewhere that it would be exponentially harder than just creating a larger Elementary District.
At this point, I’m not sure what the incentive would be for Cary voters to merge with the other 3 K-12 districts.
But as a Cary taxpayer, I am extremely interested in D-155 running efficiently with an affordable and sustainable operating cost structure.
There is no reason it can’t.