A study by the Kansas Legislative Post Audit Committee found that the state could save $15 million to $129 million a year by consolidating small school districts, closing facilities, and reducing staffing levels.

The study said the number of districts in the state could be reduced to 266 from the current 293 by combining those with fewer than 400 students or covering less than 200 square miles. It would require closing 50 schools and cost the jobs of 230 teachers and administrators.

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