Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Officials prepare for Ilion-Mohawk school merger vote
By LEXIE O'CONNOR


ILION, N.Y. (WKTV) - As Ilion and Mohawk students enjoyed a snow day Monday officials began preparing for another big vote. Tuesday residents will vote whether the Ilion and Mohawk School Districts should merge.

The Ilion- Mohawk Merger Vote, something both school superintendents say they are ready for, especially Cossimo Tangorra, having been through the study, meetings and votes three times now, the Ilion Superintendent says it's time the districts know where their futures stand.

While he can't guess how the vote will go, Tangorra says he feels confident that all the information is out for this time around.

"We couldn't have done more in terms of the Citizen Advisory Committee and the Two Boards of Education," said Ilion Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra. "We couldn't have done anything more to get the facts out to the public so that folks can make an informed decision."

While some residents would like to keep the schools' separate identities and not merge, others feel the $42 million in incentive aid a merger would bring is worth any change.

"It can't be about the kids aren't going to get along, what are the colors going to be, it's got to be what can we offer kids and the programs that we can add," said Richard Keeler a Mohawk resident and teacher in Ilion.

Polls are open from noon to 8 pm. Tuesday at the Ilion High School and the Mohawk Jarvis Junior - Senior High School. You must vote in your home district.

To merge or not to merge the Ilion and Mohawk Districts will be the first proposition on the ballot.

If both districts approve the merger, proposition two and three will be looked at. Proposition two is should the board of education have five, seven or nine members. And proposition three is should terms be for three, four or five years.