Twin Rivers Unification

School consolidation is not new, but how many times have you been able to look over a district’s shoulder and watch the process unfold?

Now you can.

NSBA’s National Affiliate Program and American School Board Journal are collaborating online and in print to study consolidation and its impact. The focus of this effort is the new Twin Rivers Unified School District, located on the outskirts of Sacramento, Calif.

Twin Rivers unifies three former elementary districts and a high school district into a single pre-K through 12 entity that services approximately 30,000 students. Through this project, we are examining what led to the consolidation and how the new district is dealing with various issues and challenges that merger presents. At the end, our plan is to have a useful tool that will help others that face similar circumstances.

Over the next several months, you can read regular updates about the process, hear what the individuals involved think, and meet key leaders face-to-face.  

NSBA's Twin Rivers Resource Page
The National Affiliate Program's detailed look at the Twin Rivers Consolidation Project. Including interviews, community relations tools, legal documents and much much more.

Related Documents

Schools feeling the economy's pinch
February 2009

A Midyear Report on Twin Rivers Unified
There’s a quote hanging in our offices: Change is a process, not an event. In the Twin Rivers Unified School District, it’s a moderating theme -- reminding us that unification may have started with our community vote in November 2007, but it is a process that moves forward with a thousand different choices each day.
January 2009

Rural school districts facing threat of consolidation
December 2008

Q&A with Superintendent Jim Hinson, Independence School District
November 2008

Pennsylvania Districts Consolidate; Move to be Closely Watched
November 2008

The Challenges of Consolidation
October 2008

The Long Road to Unification
The first day of the Twin Rivers unification signaled the end of a long and difficult journey. What few expected were the unintended but almost inevitable hurdles caused by decades of acrimony and the complex melding of four cultures into one.
September 2008