Feedback: Merger for Canton & Potsdam School Districts?

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For years Canton has had its Golden Bear and Potsdam its Sandstoner.

But what would happen if the two school districts were combined into one.

Sound far-fetched?

It's not.

In fact, it's an option school officials in both districts feel should not be overlooked - especially if state aid formulas remain unchanged.

"It's unclear at this point in time what impact the Legislature can have with regard to budget adjustments," said Canton Superintendent William Gregory.
 
Gregory has floated the merger option with Potsdam to see if there is any interest in consolidating schools or, at the very least, sharing services.
 
Officials from both school districts say the merger idea is something worth exploring, even though it may never come to fruition.
 
Potsdam School Superintendent Pat Brady says while initial discussions are still very preliminary, nothing is being ruled out.

"It's not going to help our immediate problem for either Canton or Potsdam to go down this road and look at that, but it is something to certainly talk about and see if there's any feasibility to it," said Brady.
 
While Canton faces a $2 million budget gap heading into the drafting of next year's spending plan, Potsdam is looking at a gap of slightly more than $1 million.

While a school merger would result in a period of additional state aid, it would take at least two years to accomplish, requiring not only a feasibility study, but approval of both school boards and a referendum of taxpayers in both districts.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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