School consolidations on the decline in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- As finances and enrollments stabilize, the drive for school consolidations have cooled off.

Tom Oster, with Dakota Education Consultants, says he is working with a few districts talking about consolidation.

Oster says money isn’t always the deciding factor in merging districts.

Oster says new technology including remote learning has helped slow down the push to merge.

Oster says many districts in the central and western parts of the state are already about as large land wise as they can be and still operate efficient