A high school shared by students from Morristown, Heuvelton and Hermon-Dekalb could preserve and even improve the quality of education those students receive, according to an education expert hired by the districts.
Dr. Philip Martin reported Thursday night on his study of consolidation options for the three districts.
His final report is due at the end of June.
Martin is concentrating his efforts on combining grades 7-12. Martin believes Heuvelton's school building has enough room for students from all three districts.
He said the consolidation could take place in one of three ways - with a full merger of the districts, the establishment of a regional high school all three would contribute to or a tuition system in which districts would pay to send their students to the combined high school.
He said he is working through a series of questions:
"What would the actual model look like? How would it operate? How many students would there be? How many teachers would there be? What would be the cost implications?"
There is no provision in state law for establishing a regional high school, though there is talk the state legislature may change that.
Any change in how the three districts operate would have to be approved by voters in each district. As a pracftical matter, the earliest such a change could take place is 2015.
Monday, July 6, 2015, Watertown, NY
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