Updated 01/08/2013 08:52 PM
Districts begin merger study
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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- Two school districts are starting a study that could help them decide whether or not they’ll become one.
The Chenango Valley and Chenango Forks School Districts met with consultants and the public Tuesday night to go over the preliminary details of a possible merger.
The districts received a $45,000 grant in October from the Governor's office to fund the research. The overall goal is to find ways to ease the burden of taxpayers, as well as help students and teachers who are seeing programs and jobs being cut.
Those involved say some community members will be working alongside planners throughout the process.
"This is the beginning of a six month process where we will have a community advisory committee looking at five or six aspects of school operations, specifically looking at the two schools and seeing what it would look like and mean for parents, students, administration, staff, finances," said Dennis Sweeny, a merger study consultant.
The study is expected to be completed and given to the New York State Education Department by July 1st.
Once the study is complete, any potential proposed merger would go to a public vote later in the year.
If the two districts consolidate, re-organization efforts wouldn't even begin until the summer of 2014.