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State Phasing Out Many Rural Schools By Helen Snusfad |a result of-1997 legislation. In With the objectives of Improv-; 1959 there were approximately MOD. Most, of those eliminated ing the state's educational pro *ram and preparing young people to live in the years of the future, Minnesota Is phasing out "' "•" ""-"non school districts in the state. , i-.nline-ola is following the pat- lorn of Ihe nation, much more slowly than many slates. If one ftcre lo take all of Ihe slates of the nation and rank them in regard lo number of school districts, Minncsola \voukl place sixlh from the lop. In 1910 Ihe state had 8000 disl- richs. Sharpest decrease by consolidation has taken place as 1494, painted, Library News. Top Ten Books in Fergus Falls By EVERETT FOSTER TOP TEN ROOKS "Up Ihe Down Staircase" — Kaufman — Life in R big city school. "The Source" — Michcner — JThe Holy Land from earliest times .to modern Israel. "The Looking Glass War" — LoCarre — Espionage Iliriller by the author of "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold." The Matin? of the President, 1954" — White — A reporter views Ihc Johnson versus Goldwater battle.- "Holel" — Hailey — Behind were common school districts. On July 1, 1055, the law went Into effect that, if districts are 10 longer operating, they cannot :eep the school. There is no Dngcr such a thing as a "closed llslrlcl." The county commis- ions ihcrcafier lake action to iltach the closed district to some other district. A year ago Otter Tail County lad 25 closed districts. A few dissolved individually and, in luly, 15 "closed dislricls" were jfssolred by the board of county :ommissioners. Minnesota ranks sixlh nationally In number of districts ami Oiler Tail county ranks second In Ihe slate in numlwr of common schools. Only Stearns County has more. Otter Tail County has 92 common schools this year wilh 102 leachers. Last year there were five more In operation, a total of 97. Smallest enrollment is at Dunvilla school, Dislrict 1528. vhere Mrs. Oscar RemUson has usl Ihrco pupils enrolled. Largest school in the district is District 1504 in Orwell lownshio, where Mrs. .Joyce Biegler teach;s 31 pup'ls. Under a law enacted in 1957, if the number of common school districts has hccn reduced (o len or less, the county hoard is auth- jrizcd lo discontinue the office of :ounty superintendent of schools. Thus fnr this has happened In a dozen Minnesota counties.