School Merger Update

January 15, 2015

ARKPORT, NY – Arkport School Superintendent Glenn Niles says that school officials hope to hear from the state on when to schedule the first vote by the Arkport, Alfred-Almond and Canaseraga school boards.  Niles say they hope to hear back from the state education department by August.  “Hopefully we’ll hear from them in August, so we can start planning when the vote will be in September, and then what the next referendum in November will be,” Niles told WLEA News.

The first vote is a school board vote, by all three school systems, on whether to have an advisory referendum.  The second vote is a public vote, it’s an advisory referendum to determine whether to have the final referendum on the merger. The third vote is also a public vote, is the final referendum on whether the schools should merge.

Alfred Almond School Superintendent Rich Calkins is pleased with the way that the merger is going.  “I put my thanks out to the members of the community who given up their time, efforts and expertise to help bring this important data forth to the community.   It’s been a good and open process.  All information is posted on all three of the respective (school) board websites,” Calkins said.