I’m aware of three very interesting, very heated debates around schools in Western PA. I’m sure there are many others, but the three I am aware of are; the merger of the Monaca and Center School Districts, the construction (or not) of a new Mt. Lebanon High School and the destruction (or not) of Schenley High School. The press on these issues highlight several things that make doing ANYTHING in school districts hard:
There are also at least a few things that show how difficult it would be to do even a partial consolidation of school districts in association with the City/County merger.
At the end of the day, I think (and I believe its a widely held opinion) that trying to include schools in any city/county merger would make it a sure failure as a referendum. So for now let’s focus on the things that are win/win (trash collection, snow removal, supply purchasing, etc…) and then we can see where we are in 10 or 20 years when it comes to schools.