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December 17, 2012

Volunteers sought for school-merger committee

CROWN POINT — School boards in Crown Point and Ticonderoga are looking for a few dedicated citizens to serve on a district consolidation-study advisory committee.

Ticonderoga School Superintendent John McDonald Jr. said they need five community members, two teachers, a support staff worker and an administrator from each district.

“Both communities are looking for five representatives (each) to serve. They need to be willing to commit to the process and attend all meetings,” he said. 

“Interested persons should contact the superintendent’s office in each community, and the school boards will make the actual appointments. 

“This is an open process, and we welcome everyone’s input.”

CONSULTANT HIRED

The committee will be appointed by Ticonderoga and Crown Point school boards at their January 2013 meetings.

The two districts recently received a $45,000 state grant to study merging and hire a professional consultant. The schools hired Castallo and Silky, Education Consultants of Syracuse; Alan Pole and Jessica Cohen are working on the project.

The advisory committee will meet with the consultants periodically, and the firm will prepare the report on the feasibility of consolidating the Ticonderoga and Crown Point school districts.

When the report is ready, the committee will vote on whether to recommend merging the districts.

The first session is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Crown Point Central School. A tour of the school for committee members will be held at 5:45 p.m. The meetings are open to the public.

DECLINING ENROLLMENT

For a merger to occur, there must be affirmative votes by the advisory board, each school board and the residents of each school district. Any negative vote kills a possible consolidation.

The earliest any merger could take place is July 2014.

“As the study progresses, there is a requirement that taxpayers in both communities have opportunities to vote, and they will make the final decision about how we operate in the future,” Brannock said in a statement. “We are fortunate, in these tough fiscal times, to have the grant to help us secure our future.”

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