Latest merger time line
The New York State Education Department released a
tentative time line for all merger activities. The three districts
have amended this to include locally determined dates and activities.
This time line may change slightly, but provides an idea of how the
merger process will progress.
Mar. 1— Feasibility study process begins.
SES Study team works with administration, staff and the Community
Advisory Committee (CAC) to review and update the previous study.
Apr. 4— First CAC/SES
May 9—Final CAC/SES meeting.
May 12— State Education Department (SED) receives draft of feasibility
study for review.
May 17— SED sends approved study to joint boards of education.
Districts begin public information and discussion activities.
June 6—Mohawk holds public forum.
July 25—Herkimer holds public
Aug. 9—Ilion holds public forum.
Aug. 22— Districts hold
joint forum at Herkimer BOCES or Herkimer County Community College.
This ends the public information and discussion activities.
Sept. 12—Advisory referendum or “straw vote.” If all three communities
approve, the results are sent to the New York State education
commissioner who authorizes a final binding vote. If one or more
communities reject the referendum, the proposed merger ends.
Oct. 18— Statutory (binding) referendum. If all three communities
approve, the merger becomes official. If one or more communities
reject the referendum, the proposed merger ends. In addition to the
merger proposition, residents will vote on:
a. Number of board members to serve the new district (five, seven or
b. Term of office of board members (three, four or five years), and
c. Provision for staggered terms of first board—first board is elected
by plurality with candidates receiving most votes elected for longest
If voters approve the Statutory Referendum:
Oct. 26— Petitions for board membership available.
Nov. 28— Filing deadline of petitions by board candidates.
Dec. 19— Special meeting held to elect board of education of the newly
Jul. 1, 2013—New district officially begins operation.
Aug. 1, 2013—Former boards of education end administering their own