Residents to vote on school merger
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HERKIMER, N.Y. -- People are knocking on doors to fight a proposed school merger in Herkimer County.
Residents in the Herkimer, Mohawk and Ilion school districts will hit the polls Thursday to decide whether their three school districts will merge.
On Sunday, a group of concerned citizens made a last ditch effort to get their opinion out there. Those against the merger walked around, handing out pamphlets on why they believe it is a bad idea. Opponents claim there will be lost opportunities for athletes and a negative economic impact.
Supporters say it will save money on school taxes and increase academic opportunities.
This group was stressing the importance of voting.
Herkimer resident Jason Richard said, "They vote for presidents or senators, that's okay. Those votes are important. But the direct impact that this vote will have on them is bigger than any other vote they've ever voted on."
The merger vote will be held on October 18th.