Special committee shares its results

SOUTH OTSELIC – The Otselic Valley Board of Education met with between 50 and 60 parents, faculty and residents Wednesday evening to hear a special committee report on a possible merger of the Georgetown Elementary School and the Junior/Senior High School.

Prompted by Governor David Paterson’s proposed $328,389 in cuts for the Otselic Valley School District, a 5.89 percent decrease in projected state aid for the 2010-2011 school year, President of the Board David Cruikshank charged an administrative team consisting of Interim Superintendent Linda Taylor, Junior/Senior Principal Scott Poreda, Elementary Principal Nancy Gallaher and 13 other faculty and staff members, with determining the feasibility of a merger.

Administrative officials stated that the priority of the committee was to examine if such a merger is physically possible, as it concerns educational programming, enrollment, scheduling and potential financial savings.

Other issues not addressed by the committee, due to time restraints, included student performance on state assessments, community and parental sentiment and the impact on the Georgetown community.

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