Three District Merger draft due in May-- public hearings to follow

By WKTV News

HERKIMER COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - A three district merger is moving forward in Herkimer County. The SCS Study Team met with members of the Community Advisory Committees from the Ilion, Mohawk and Herkimer School Districts Wednesday evening.

The committees are looking at new information so they have an input about where students can go to school in the new reorganized district. Members were looking at pupil capacity, potential new programs, and a new transportation setup.

This new study comes after a four school merger, which included the Frankfort-Schuyler School District, was voted down in January.

We spoke to SCS Study Team member Doug Exley at the meeting and asked him what people were most concerned about. "At this point-- certainly for parents..a lot of it has to do with transportation. Looking at what time would the kids get picked up, what time would their children get to school, when will they come back. All of those logistics really having to redo that plan and that pattern so that could be shared with parents."

As part of the three merger study, the buildings are being re-examined to determine which students will go where- but for the younger students-- that question is already answered. "We did not change the fundamental idea of the K-4 being in each of the neighborhood districts," said Exley.

The draft of the merger plan must be submitted by May 11th, 2012. Five weeks of public information meetings will follow that. The New York State Department of Education has set up a date for a statutory vote- that will happen on September 12th, 2012.

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