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Three St. Lawrence County schools consider merger

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Voters in a small southern Adirondack school district Wednesday rejected a proposal to merge with the Glens Falls City School District. The Glens Falls Post Star reports that voters in the Abraham Wing School didn't like the idea because it would have raised their property taxes.

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.

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