Consolidation, annexation have been part of Oklahoma's story from the beginning

Early laws in Oklahoma led to 5,880 school districts by 1918. That number has gone down steadily, and there have been about 100 consolidations or annexations since 1977.
By Sarah Boswell Modified: July 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm •  Published: July 29, 2012

A feasibility study by the Education Department is the first step in a voluntary consolidation. This can be done by a school board resolution in one of the districts or a petition that is signed by at least 10 percent of school personnel in one of the districts. The next step is to pass a resolution in one of the school boards or obtain petition signatures from at least 40 percent of registered voters in both districts. Then the consolidation must be approved by a countywide general election.

The state superintendent should meet with the boards of both districts involved, and the boards should present a plan for merging the two groups.

• Teacher status because of annexation or consolidation: According to state law, teachers' contracts do not have to be honored if their school is closed due to annexation or consolidation. If the process takes place midyear, teachers can keep their job through that school year. If the new school board elects to keep a building open from the annexed or consolidated district, all teachers in that building will keep their current position.

Sources: School Annexation and Consolidation: 2009, Education Department spokeswoman Vivian Baber

Annexation vs. consolidation

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