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Poll: Townwide consolidation of school districts?

Martin Cantor has been studying the economic impact

Martin Cantor has been studying the economic impact of the plan to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum site. (June 8, 2011) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Townwide consolidation of Long Island school districts could save millions of dollars each year while preserving a large degree of local control, an economic consultant told the region's top planners Tuesday.

Martin Cantor (above), a former Dowling College think-tank director, outlined a plan he has drafted that would merge dozens of local school districts, eliminate most superintendents' jobs, and turn hiring and budgeting over to building principals. Cantor made his presentation before a monthly meeting of the Long Island Regional Planning Council in Farmingdale.

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