Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fayette) is taking his long-running idea of consolidating school district administrative functions at the county level and turning it into legislation with his recently introduced House Bill 840.
According to Rep. Mahoney, while each school will still retain its individual identity, there would be one county-level school board.
He said he is introducing the legislation to help the educational process, save school districts money, and reduce property taxes and noted a study he conducted four years ago in Fayette County showed there stands to be a conservative estimate of $20 million in savings at the county level.
“It drives for education first,” he said. “It will save cost on the duplication of services, duplication of curriculum, bus contracts, food contracts…and it would eliminate a lot of administrative overload.