Declining enrollments and pressure on school budgets give this issue an urgency it previously lacked. Whether an all-out merger, or varying forms of shared services, it seems evident that change is inevitable.
With state funding declining for the last three years, Worcester Superintendent William Diamond said, the community can no longer support the necessary programs under the current situation.
“We’ve been cutting both instructional and non-instructional positions,” he said, and “we believe we are offering the academic program we need. To offer anything less would be unacceptable.”
While we do not relish the prospect of a merger, we do commend the leaders of these two districts for facing these problems head-on, and engaging the community in the process. They can be dragged, kicking and screaming, toward change, or they can accomplish it on their own terms. We think the former is clearly the better choice.