State outlines plans for three-school merger vote

By WKTV News

HERKIMER COUNTY, N.Y. - State Education Commissioner John King Jr. on Octover 1 appointed a Board of Canvass and designated a place of canvass for the October 18 merger vote involving the Herkimer, Ilion and Mohawk school districts.

King also released a notice of special meeting, which sets the merger vote for noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at the Herkimer, Ilion and Mohawk school districts.

Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua has been designated as in charge of the operation of the election.

Polling will be conducted using electronic voting machines, and absentee ballots are available at the central office of each school district.

The 27-member Board of Canvass is comprised of nine residents from each school district. A complete list of the board members can be found online at

The Board of Canvass will act as a board of elections at the central voting site at the Ilion Central School District.

For the voting site at the Herkimer Central School District, the Herkimer Board of Education will act as the board of elections, and for the voting site at the Mohawk Central School District, the Mohawk Board of Education will perform the duties of a board of elections.

These boards of elections will inspect the voting machines and poll books before the voting begins and supervise the conduct of the voting – including acceptance of challenges at each voting site.

After the polls are closed at each site, the chairpersons of the boards of elections at Herkimer and Mohawk will deliver the sealed voting machine results and sealed poll books to the Board of Canvass at the central voting site in Ilion.

The Board of Canvass will then canvass the vote on Proposition No. 1, which is the vote on whether the three schools should merge. The results for each district will be canvassed separately, including absentee ballots.

If Proposition No. 1 is approved by each district, the machine results from Propositions No. 2 and 3 from each district will be intermingled and counted in aggregate, including absentee ballots.

Propositions No. 2 and 3 would only go into effect if Proposition No. 1 is approved. Proposition No. 2 asks voters to decide whether the new school district would have five, seven or nine Board of Education members.

Proposition No. 3 asks voters to decide whether the Board of Education members’ terms would be for three, four or five years.
After the results for the propositions are determined, the Board of Canvass will certify the results to the state education commissioner.

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