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The Times
  • Work on transition plan for merger to begin

  • Work on the transition plan for the new Ilion-Mohawk school district will be getting under way as the schools seek volunteers to serve on various committees. Mohawk Interim Superintendent Gene Beirne said Friday in a telephone interview he and Ilion School Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra had met with Herkimer-Fult...
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  • Work on the transition plan for the new Ilion-Mohawk school district will be getting under way as the schools seek volunteers to serve on various committees.
    Mohawk Interim Superintendent Gene Beirne said Friday in a telephone interview he and Ilion School Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra had met with Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Superintendent Mark Vivacqua “because legally he is the CEO of the new Ilion-Mohawk Central School District — that’s how we will refer to it until a new name is chosen — and we needed to clear everything with him.”
    This week, he said, he and Tangorra will be putting out an announcement inviting interested local residents to contact them about serving on one of the committees.
    The transition plan, which appears on both the Ilion and Mohawk school district websites, outlines the committees or teams and sets a timeline for the work to be accomplished.
    The plan states that each team will address one subject or topic, such as athletics or staff assignments and be composed of members in equal numbers from both communities including students and community members where appropriate. The superintendents would be included as ex-officio members and the teams may include members who serve on other teams. The teams are to form no later than Feb. 28, meet for the first time by March 8 and complete their work by a specified date.
    “Then, obviously, anything they come up with would be subject to approval by the new superintendent and the new board,” said Beirne.
    The election of a seven-member board of education for the new school district is scheduled for March 27 and Vivacqua has said he hopes to meet with the newly elected board the following day.
    Teams to be formed to begin preparations for the new district include the following: Employee Assignments, Athletics, Cafeteria, Clubs and Extracurricular Activities, Media Centers and Libraries, Operation and Maintenance, Programs/Curriculum, Scholarships, School Identity (mascot, school colors, yearbooks etc.), Special Education, Technology and Transportation.
    The transition plan also calls for the two districts to hold joint events that would bring the community members together such as student social events, bus rides or school tours, joint staff/faculty meetings and parent/community information nights.

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