Declining school enrollment and small districts are directly related to the cost of public school education. Many of the fixed costs of a school system (what it takes to administer a district and maintain school buildings) continue, though there are fewer kids to educate. Larger districts may be able to adjust by closing a school building and reducing the number of teachers as enrollment declines. For smaller districts, it is more difficult. They have to keep their buildings open, deal with empty classrooms, and may have to consolidate classes or reduce the number of subjects being taught. Most recently, because of declining enrollments, we have been reading about plans to consolidate football teams between Bemus Point and Chautauqua Lake in order to insure a viable athletic program.