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The Times
  • Mohawk school board passes its final resolution

  • The Mohawk Central School Board of Education voted on its final resolution Monday night as part of its transition into a merged school district.

    Board president Vicki Judd said during a telephone interview on Tuesday the board voted 4-1 in favor of the resolution, which formally transfers its rights and obligations to the Central Valley Central School District.

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  • The Mohawk Central School Board of Education voted on its final resolution Monday night as part of its transition into a merged school district.
    Board president Vicki Judd said during a telephone interview on Tuesday the board voted 4-1 in favor of the resolution, which formally transfers its rights and obligations to the Central Valley Central School District.
    “It’s nostalgic, bittersweet,” she said. “It’s sad to see something so wonderful with so much history close its doors, but the sweet part of the ‘bittersweet’ is the amazing opportunities that come with merging.”
    Judd continued, “It’s so exciting as we move into this brave, new world.”
    Judd said the resolution was the only vote conducted by the board Monday night.
    She said she also thanked the other board members during the meeting for their service, with three of the board members having over 10 years of experience.
    Lori Sementilli, past board president and vice president, cast the dissenting vote.
    “I understand it was a formality to do [the resolution], but I’m not in favor of the merger,” said Sementilli during a telephone interview on Tuesday. “I don’t think it’s detrimental to both districts and communities [to merge], and I still don’t feel like I can make a positive vote regarding the issue.”
    Sementilli said part of her objection to the Ilion and Mohawk merger was the process was rushed.
    “We should have had a year and a day to get a plan together to have contract issues worked out and have placement of kids and staff worked out,” said Sementilli.
    She said when she asked officials about these issues, “they didn’t have answers.”
    “My reason for not being in favor is that I honestly don’t see where the kids benefited their being moved around, and it’s a bigger impact on students and staff,” she said.
    Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua said Monday’s vote was recommended by the Mohawk school district’s attorney, and wasn’t a required action for the school board.
    The communities of Ilion and Mohawk voted in favor of merging their two school districts in February. This happened four months after a failed merger vote between the two districts and Herkimer and 13 months after a failed merger vote between the Ilion, Mohawk, Herkimer and Frankfort-Schuyler school districts.
    Judd was elected to the Central Valley School District in March. She said they have been meeting since then to help facilitate the transition of merging the two school districts by the start of the new school year in September.
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