To the Editor:

As pilgrims and pioneers settled in the “Americas,” single room schools paved the pathway to an ever changing, ever growing educational mission we have in our country today. As we established ourselves in communities and advanced to our current “high tech” lives, there was a need to draw in the children still sitting in small house schools into mainstream town/city schools and thus “school consolidation” emerged. Since early 1930s school districts decreased in America.

Today, however we are in 2019. While our changing demographics and economics persist and always will, the state of Connecticut will hopefully always offer warm, modern amenities mixed with “small town” cultural life. Wilton is the ideal example. Does Wilton need to be consolidated with the huge, overflowing, nearby city of Norwalk to enrich student achievement and lower costs?

Firstly, let us define the word ‘cost’. It actually means ‘price’. Can we speak of price in unilateral terms of ‘dollars’? Is price a multidimensional, multi-axial concept? I made my point.

About enriching ‘student achievement’:  Study Bridgeport! Check out the total value of funding it receives for ‘enriching/increasing student engagement’ and verify the efficacy of increasing resources vis-a-vis outcomes. We live in Connecticut in the year 2019. We understand both ‘savings and student enrichment’ and we are saying, “No” to school regionalization.

Shefali Patel