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
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