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December 20, 2013

Crown Point nixes Ti school merger vote

CROWN POINT — The possibility of a merger between Crown Point and Ticonderoga school districts was killed by Crown Point School Board this week when it voted against sending the measure to voters.

The Crown Point Central School Board voted 7-0 Tuesday night not to hold an advisory referendum on whether the two school districts should consolidate.

The decision followed submission by resident Bette Pertak of a 450-signature petition in opposition to a merger.

“Crown Point community members once again said ‘no’ to a merger, and the School Board acted on this information,” Crown Point School Superintendent Shari Brannock told the Press-Republican.

Many of those at a meeting held last month on a merger feasibility report were critical of the possibility.

The petition reads, in part: “We, the undersigned, request that the Crown Point School Board hear our voices now and say no to a merger with Ticonderoga School. We want our children in our community to continue their education, play sports and graduate as a Crown Point Panther.”

‘COMMUNITY ANCHOR’

Pertak told the School Board that school staff, administrators and students are doing a fine job, and there is no need for a merger, Brannock said in a news release.

Information gathered from student and staff opinion surveys was also shared with the board, she said, and only a very small number wanted to merge.

An anti-merger petition signed by about 100 students in grades 6 through 12 was also given to the School Board, the superintendent said.

“I am totally against a merger,” former Crown Point School Board member Kenneth LaDeau told the board, according to the media release. “Crown Point Central School is not a bad place. 

“The taxpayers are very lucky to have a great building that is the anchor of our community. If the school goes, the town goes.”

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