Ilion to move ahead with three-way merger
The Ilion, Herkimer and Mohawk boards of education
agreed Saturday, Jan. 28 to move forward with plans to explore a three-way
merger of the Ilion, Herkimer and Mohawk school districts for July
"Our goal must be is to create a district that
offers our students the best educational experience we can. A
three-district merger gives us the financial and human resources to
begin moving toward that goal," said Mr. Tangorra.
The boards briefly discussed a July 2012 merger,
but decided that the time frame would be too short to effectively
implement and for residents to fairly consider.
The districts must now work with the New York State
Education Department (SED) to reconfigure the data from the original
The primary objectives for the merger remain
unchanged—expanded opportunities for students and stabilized district
The new plan will revisit the main topics of
student enrollment, building use, academic and extracurricular
programs, staffing, transportation and finances. Once complete, SED
will review the plan.
If approved, SED then sets dates for a public
information period, board of education votes, community advisory
referendum (straw vote) and community statutory referendum (final or
"Once we know more, we will share that information
with our communities. We want everyone to have they information they
need to make an informed decision," said Mr. Tangorra.