A Rural Superintendent and School Consolidation

[imgbelt img=newsclip.png]Harry Riffle was a rural school superintendent more than a generation ago. At the time, the key to good schools was thought to be larger, newer schools brought about through consolidation.


Beaver County Times of February 5, 1962, called a controversial new law intended to reduce the number of school districts in the state from 2,300 to 600.

The law, passed in 1961, was opposed by the Pennsylvania State School Directors Association (that is, local school boards), as well as the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. These groups represented local government.