State outlines plans for three-school merger
State Education Commissioner John King Jr. on
Oct. 1 appointed a Board of Canvass and designated a place of canvass
for the Oct. 18 merger vote involving the Herkimer, Ilion and Mohawk
King also released a notice of special meeting,
which sets the merger vote for noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at
the Herkimer, Ilion and Mohawk school districts.
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark
Vivacqua has been designated as in charge of the operation of the
Polling will be conducted using electronic voting
machines, and absentee ballots are available at the central office of
each school district.
The 27-member Board of Canvass is comprised of
nine residents from each school district. A complete list of the board
members can be found online at
The Board of Canvass will act as a board of
elections at the central voting site at the Ilion Central School
For the voting site at the Herkimer Central
School District, the Herkimer Board of Education will act as the board
of elections, and for the voting site at the Mohawk Central School
District, the Mohawk Board of Education will perform the duties of a
board of elections.
These boards of elections will inspect the voting
machines and poll books before the voting begins and supervise the
conduct of the voting – including acceptance of challenges at each
After the polls are closed at each site, the
chairpersons of the boards of elections at Herkimer and Mohawk will
deliver the sealed voting machine results and sealed poll books to the
Board of Canvass at the central voting site in Ilion.
The Board of Canvass will then canvass the vote
on Proposition No. 1, which is the vote on whether the three schools
should merge. The results for each district will be canvassed
separately, including absentee ballots.
If Proposition No. 1 is approved by each
district, the machine results from Propositions No. 2 and 3 from each
district will be intermingled and counted in aggregate, including
Propositions No. 2 and 3 would only go into
effect if Proposition No. 1 is approved. Proposition No. 2 asks voters
to decide whether the new school district would have five, seven or
nine Board of Education members.
Proposition No. 3 asks voters to decide whether
the Board of Education members’ terms would be for three, four or five
After the results for the
propositions are determined, the Board of Canvass will certify the
results to the state education commissioner.