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Local school districts consider merger

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (NEWS10) - On Monday, the Fort Edward School Board plans to officially enter into a preliminary merger study with the South Glens Falls School District.

“We are collecting information to make the best decision possible, if and when we have to make a decision,” said Fort Edwards Superintendent Daniel Ward.

The study is being conducted partly due to financial reasons.

“It will also look at student programming, extra-curricular and instructional, it will look at staffing, projected financial gains and potential tax rates for people in Fort Edwards and South Glens Falls,” said Ward.

The Fort Edwards School District, which consists of 500 students, has already looked at a possible merger with the Hudson Falls School District.

“It’s about $44 million in consolidation aid that could be received by that new district between Hudson Falls and Fort Edward over 14 years,” said Ward.

If the district does decide to merge, it would be annexed, which means it would be dissolved
into either the Hudson Falls or the South Glens Falls district.

And as for the Fort Edward School building, the chosen district would decide what to do with it.

“We know this affects our community so we are going to go as slowly as possible to make sure everything is correct for the students of fort edward and south glens falls,” said South Glens Falls Superintendent Christine Orr.

The superintendents stress that talks of a merger are still in its early stages and once the study is complete they will have more information regarding class sizes, transportation, and jobs.

“And in the end, maybe the best decision for our school is to have the Fort Edward School remain for 50 years or longer. But we want to make sure we have all the options before we make that determination,” said Ward.

If a merger is decided upon, it be years before it would actually take place.


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