A money-saving idea being tossed around the statehouse these days calls for merging some of the state’s smaller school districts. Compared with similar states, Ohio has a disproportionate number of small school districts, with 120 of them serving fewer than one thousand students. Senate minority leader Gregory Didonato of Denison says districts that merge could eliminate duplicate positions, such as curriculum coordinators, transportation coordinators and food coordinators. And he says if you consolidate, you have better purchasing power for books and food. House Speaker Larry Householder agrees that per-pupil funding could be higher if there weren’t so many administrative costs.