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"HOMELAND SCHOOLS", Cabins to Complexes
Compiled by Republic County Retired Teachers Association
Copyright 1976
(Copy available at the Republic County Historical Society and Museum; Belleville, KS)

p. 38 - A question which should be answered is "Why do country schools continue to have school boards after the school has been closed?"  The stories written of many of these schools state that the school had been closed at a certain date.  Still, one will find records and listings of a school board for many years there-after.

Generally, when a country school had too few pupils, it was closed.  But that school board still continued.  So school boards were continued until the school district was disorganized.  During this period of time the children in the school district had to pay some one for transportation and tuition to the other schools taking them.  The education of the children in the closed district had to be considered.  The handling of this and the payment for this education and the transportation was taken care of by these boards.  School buildings and equipment had to be sold and money collected.  Finally the finances of the district had to be balanced.

The school districts had to be reset into a boundary and to a district that could absorb the territory which also had a school.  Then after all this, the school district would be disorganized by the County Superintendent.

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