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Merger idea stirs consideration
Both current and former presidents of the Glynn County Parent Teacher Association Council would be willing to consider supporting school consolidations if it ever became necessary as a cost-saving measure.

Merging schools is still a matter of future speculation, but several board of education members and the school Superintendent Howard Mann have said it might be a possibility if state education funding and property taxes continue to decline.

The Glynn County School System has seen state funding, which used to provide 51 percent of its budget, fall to just 35 percent.

If the trend continues and local property values continue to diminish the property tax digest, board members say they will consider consolidating schools.

Current PTA Council President Amanda Kirkland, who took over the helm just last week, said while she is sure consolidation would stir the emotions of students and parents, things would likely work out in the end.

"We have good teachers everywhere," Kirkland said. "If it happens, Glynn County parents will make the best of it."

Kirkland hopes she can foster open communication between school system administrators and parents so everyone will understand the reasons should schools merge.

"I really do believe (the administrators) have the best interest of the kids in mind," Kirkland said.

Tough decisions sometimes have to be made when budgets are tight, Kirkland added.

Her predecessor, former PTA Council President Daryl Moore, feels the same way.

"If (consolidation) is what they have to do, then that's what they have to do," Moore said.

As a business person herself, Moore said she knows first hand the effects of a struggling economy. When the Great Recession hit, Moore remembers thinking it would not have much of an effect on local teachers.

While the school system has done a good job minimizing the impact of the economic downturn, cost saving measures may have to become more drastic in the next few years, Moore said.

"I am not saying (consolidation) is the best idea," Moore said. "But it may have to end up that way."



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