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Voluntary ESD merger beats state intervention
It makes perfect sense that the Union-Baker and Umatilla-Morrow education service districts will pursue a voluntary merger before the state mandates such a consolidation. The ESDs are just trying to beat the state to the punch. The 2009 session of the state Legislature came close to passing a mandatory consolidation bill. Odds are good that such a bill will indeed pass in the 2011 session.
The boards are acting proactively to keep the state from stirring the pot and possibly creating a toxic dish. Local control is important. Local people know local needs best. Local people know geography best, and what regions can work best together without unduly taxing human and