Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Geography & Geographic Information Science
Devon A. Hansen
Western North Dakota school district consolidations continue to be a topic of great local concern. This is apparent in the Hebron, Glen Ullin, and Richardton-Taylor school districts. A qualitative case study of these communities addressed the importance of four school district consolidation issues to the area: 1) time zones differences; 2) time on a bus; 3) identifying key stakeholders; and 4) other factors as noted by respondents. Data was collected from a mail back questionnaire sent to administrators and school board members. Major findings were: 1) time zones differences were of minimal importance; 2) time spent on a bus was to be of short duration; 3) the key decision makers were to be the school board members plus patrons; and 4) open enrollment is not so important. Similar issues exist in other rural areas experiencing energy booms, which is why this research has applicability beyond western North Dakota.
Kitzan, Angela M., "Impacts Of Transportation And Population Upon Western North Dakota School Consolidation" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 1296.