Ilion & Mohawk voters approve merger proposal proposal
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, Ilion and Mohawk voters
approved the proposed two-district merger. Following are the results
Residents also voted on two additional referendums,
one establishing the make-up of the new board of education at seven members and a second establishing board members' terms
of office at three years. Voting on these two
referendums were counted in aggregate. The results are as follows:
Length of board terms
With the approval of both districts, the next step in the merger
process will be to elect a new board of education. Petitions
will be available beginning Wednesday, Feb. 20 from either school district office. Petitions must be returned by
end of business on Monday, Mar. 11. The new district will
hold elections on Wednesday, Mar. 27.
In the meantime, the
districts will continue to operate as individual districts.
"The communities have clearly spoken. We now need to move
forward to make this vision a reality," said Ilion
Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra.
"As soon as the new board
members are elected, they will need to tackle the big
pieces - building a budget, appointing staff, etc. They won't
be able to complete every detail in time for the July 1, 2013
start date, but they will have a foundation built to begin
Mr. Tangorra said the many student details such
as teacher assignments and bus routes will be worked out as
soon as possible. The new district will communicate those details
directly to parents and students to ensure everything is in
place for the beginning of school in September 2013.