Civil grand jury recommends that schools consolidate

July 5, 2010 1:29:27 PM PDT
School districts in Santa Clara County now have 90 days to respond to a civil grand jury recommendation that they consolidate.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the grand jury has released a report that estimates the county could save $51 million a year if many of the 31 county school districts merge.

The report went on to say the merge would benefit students by reducing administrative costs.

The grand jury noted that some of the county's districts include 25,000 students, while others have only a few hundred. District officials dispute the estimated savings and question the benefits of larger districts.

The grand jury's report is only a recommendation.