Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Department name when degree awarded

Educational Administration


Helmut Hoffman


Under the mandator consolidation act of 1915, the county-unit school district in Utah had its beginning (10). Although, through this consolidation movement, many small school districts were combined into larger ones, the elimination of the small districts did not, necessarily, provide for the elimination of the small schools. Due to several factors including distance, poor communication and transportation facilities, and a strong desire on the part of the people who lived in small communities for a voice in school matters, the consolidation of school attendance areas did not keep pace with school district reorganization.

With the improvement of highways and communication facilities and the rapid rise of the motor vehicle as a means of fast, dependable travel, school boards have considered consolidation of attendance areas as one of the possibilities open to them to improve the quality of education in their districts.