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Most Area School Districts Not Ready To Combine

September 30, 2013

Despite facing another year of budget cuts and gap elimination adjustments, most area school district officials are not ready to consider mergers....

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Oct-01-13 3:52 PM

hmmm...schools push for shared services and sports, but don't touch me at the top...

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Oct-01-13 10:31 AM

Mergers of school districts can provide some savings, not as much asa it seems at first glance, but some savings. Some costs of the merger are not financial. Kids, who probably should be sleeping later in an educationally ideal world, now get up earlier for a longer bus ride. Transportation costs go up. I have spoken to fellow school board members in the southern tier and they have told me the savings buy about two years before the fiscal cliff, but do not remove the fiscal cliff. As long as the State does not provide meaningful mandate relief, especially of the Triborough amendments, which keep teacher cost rising at a rate greater than the tax levy cap rate, the fiscal cliff is inevitable. NY Schools are bankrupt, we just have not figured it out yet.

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Sep-30-13 12:18 PM

Firstly, I must say that I am in favor of mergers when they benefit the school. However, due to individuals who want to have their own jobs rather than save the money and give our children a better education, of course they don't want mergers. They claim that it wouldn't cut the amount of money needed, but it is a start. How about cutting administration before we cut our programs for our students? Anything is better than nothing especially when it would work out to save some of the programs our students strive and benefit from.

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Sep-30-13 8:25 AM

Why can only the sports teams combine ?

Take for example Falconer, they graduate right around 100 kids a year. JHS now Graduates about 350 kids a year they used to graduate 500-600 per year back in the 60's

Why couldn't Falconer kids go to JHS? The short answer is all these small towns want to retain their identity and the high schools are a large part of that. Frewsburg could easily merge with JHS, Falconer and SWCS, but that wont happen either.

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Sep-30-13 8:16 AM

There you have it P-J, but it makes for news whenever there is nothing else.

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