There has been an on-going trend of consolidation of school districts to drive down expenses, as documented at http://www.aasa.org/SchoolAdministratorArticle.aspx?id=13218 . This trend likely will continue, as there are evermore squeezes on public finances owing to our nation’s severe debt crisis (see http://www.georgetownexaminer.com/2016/03/de-mythologizing-an-idea-regarding-debt-and-tax-millage/ ). But as that same article documents, consolidation of school districts is not without its significant negatives. I would strongly oppose consolidation of JPS with any other school districts, but I would recommend an alternative way to employ consolidation to drive down expenses, yet without loss of locality.
In items #17 and 13 of the Contract with Georgetown Township of 2016 at http://www.georgetownexaminer.com/contract-with-georgetown-township-of-2016/ , I am recommending more exploration of consolidation of services by Georgetown Township and JPS. Such is most practical if the Township and JPS have the same taxpayer base and boundaries, but it is even feasible without it. Essentially, one entity pays the other entity for services provided. Determination is made which entity is best in administering a given service, and it then handles that service. JPS and Georgetown Township would and should remain two separate and distinct government entities, but they would work together to reduce expenses through economies of scale. For instances, it would probably make sense that transportation services and payroll services reside in JPS, since it has the most extensive transportation services and payroll services departments and requirements. On the other hand, library services and grounds services may be two operational activities best handled by the Township government. Areas for consolidation of services could be further explored, to see where it would make sense and where it would not make sense, in saving money.
At the same time, township and public school government can be kept as local as they now are. There should be no diminution in the locality aspect.
The savings from such consolidation of services should go both to infrastructure and service improvements, as well as tax reduction for taxpayers. The process should be a win-win for the whole community.