Oklahoma public school officials say they are reluctant to consolidate

Oklahoma legislators and rural school officials have different views on consolidating schools and the impending effects it would have on students and budgets.

BY SARAH BOSWELL Published: July 29, 2012

Just 22 students graduated from New Lima High School this year, but the 400-seat auditorium was full.

Family and community members crowded in to support one of the smallest graduating classes in one of the smallest districts in a state that ranks near the top nationally for its high number of school districts per capita.

New Lima, with 266...

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