The state is encouraging small, rural schools like this to merge. If Abraham Wing voters had said yes, the state would have given the merged district an extra $27 million over 14 years.
Meanwhile, three St. Lawrence County districts are looking at forming some kind of partnership, possibly a merger or a regional high school. They want to save money, while improving the student experience. Heuvelton, Hermon-DeKalb and Morristown Central Schools have chipped in for a $30,000 study.
Philip Martin is the former superintendent of Fayetteville-Manlius Central. He's doing the study, and has been presenting what he's found so far in the three communities.
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Some North Country lawmakers have not been supportive of regional high schools. Martin says the study looks at a variety of options. The districts don't want pursue something that the state won't approve.
He is scheduled to speak at 7 pm at Heuvelton Central's auditorium.