Herkimer, Ilion and Mohawk to hold next community merger meeting
The Herkimer, Ilion and Mohawk school districts will
hold the second of four community merger meetings on Wednesday, July
25 in the Herkimer High School auditorium at 801 West German Street,
Herkimer. Tours of the building begin at 4:30 p.m. and the meeting
follows at 6 p.m. Residents of all three districts are encouraged to
take to the tour and to attend the meeting.
The purpose of the meeting is to share the latest
information on the proposed three-school merger and to provide
residents an opportunity to ask merger related questions.
The Herkimer meeting will follow the same format as
the preceding meeting held in early June at Mohawk. The evening will
begin with a video and a brief review of the three-school proposal by
school superintendents Joyce Caputo, Gary Tutty and Cosimo Tangorra.
The superintendents, with assistance from members of the Community
Advisory Committee, will then answer audience questions.
“Our communities have wrestled with the concept of
a merger for more than two years,” said Mohawk Superintendent Joyce
“Many people are very comfortable with the idea;
others have questions. We are holding these meetings to give everyone
the chance to tour the various buildings and to answer any questions
people may have. Our presentation covers the big picture items in the
merger. We will spend the bulk of the time answering questions from
Assuming approval by the three boards of education,
residents in each district will vote on Wednesday, Sept. 12 on an
Advisory Referendum asking if the three districts should reorganize in
a centralized district. If that referendum passes in all three
districts, residents will vote on Thursday, Oct. 18 on a Statutory
Referendum to formally approve the merger and to set the number of
members and the length of term for board of education members. If the
Statutory Referendum passes in all three districts, the merger becomes
final and the new district begins full operation on July 1, 2013.
The remaining meeting dates and places are:
Herkimer High School auditorium, 801 West German Street, Herkimer
August 9: Ilion High School auditorium, 1 Golden Bomber Dr.,
August 22: Herkimer County Community College
auditorium, 100 Reservoir Road, Herkimer
(no building tour)