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It is the purpose of this study: (1) To provide a description of the seventeen school districts within the boundaries of the Lodi Union High School District in the matters of: (A) Financial status: (i) Assessed valuation per district, (ii) Assessed valuation per A.D.A., (iii) Expenditure costs per A.D.A., (iv) Present tax rate, (v) Bonded indebtedness; (B) Enrollment: (i) Past, present, and projected, (ii) Multiple graded classrooms; (C) Educational services; (D) Schoolhousing and facilities in present use; (E) Ecological factors

(2) To examine these facts and conditions in view of the criteria of an adequate unified school district organization in regard to: (A) Financial structure; (B) Size of proposed district; (C) Educational services; (D) Ecological factors

(3) Finally, to ascertain if unification of the seventeen elementary school districts will fulfill the objectives as adopted by the State Board of Education, which are as follows: (A) To produce a more effectively coordinated program of education for all levels of the State’s public school system through strong local school district organization, with single administrative control over all levels of public education in a given area.; (B) To provide a more efficient use of public funds, brought about by the creation of school districts capable of furnishing necessary educational services at a reasonable unit cost.; (C) To provide a better and more equalized educational opportunity for all children in the State through the creation of school districts sufficient in size to be able to provide curricular offerings and other services not possible under existing organization.; (D) To effect as great a degree of equalization of financial resources on the local level as circumstances will permit.



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