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The Times
  • Next community merger meeting to take place July 25

  • The Herkimer, Ilion and Mohawk school districts will conduct the second of four community merger meetings on Wednesday, July 25, in the Herkimer High School auditorium.

    Tours of the building will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 6 p.m.

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  • The Herkimer, Ilion and Mohawk school districts will conduct the second of four community merger meetings on Wednesday, July 25, in the Herkimer High School auditorium.
    Tours of the building will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the meeting will start 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 June meeting at Mohawk. The evening will begin with a video and a review of the three-school proposal by school Superintendents Joyce Caputo, Gary Tutty and Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. The three 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 Caputo in a news release. “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 the audience.”
    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 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 that referendum passes in all three districts, the merger will become final and the new district will begin operation on July 1, 2013.
    Community merger meetings will also take place on Aug. 9 in the Ilion High School auditorium and on Aug. 22 in the Herkimer County Community College auditorium.

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