Merger How and Why
Explanation

Holyoke, MA

#1 Jan 13, 2013
With the uncertainty of Remington Arms why do we want a merger? If the Arms isn't around to employ our residents who will pay the taxes for this school? This is starting a whole new concern. If there isn't Remington Arms how can there be the programs that are being promised. There is no way no one will be left around here.
DHB

Herkimer, NY

#2 Jan 14, 2013
Explanation wrote:
With the uncertainty of Remington Arms why do we want a merger? If the Arms isn't around to employ our residents who will pay the taxes for this school? This is starting a whole new concern. If there isn't Remington Arms how can there be the programs that are being promised. There is no way no one will be left around here.
The reason for the merger is because neither school district has the tax base to support what you currently have over the long term without one. Remington Arms has NEVER been certain and neither is any other business. In the meantime, you still have to educate your kids for tomorrow's economy and this gives you the best chance to efficiently do this.
Duh

New York, NY

#3 Jan 14, 2013
No merger!
Explanation

Little Falls, NY

#4 Jan 14, 2013
DHB wrote:
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The reason for the merger is because neither school district has the tax base to support what you currently have over the long term without one. Remington Arms has NEVER been certain and neither is any other business. In the meantime, you still have to educate your kids for tomorrow's economy and this gives you the best chance to efficiently do this.
My point is WHAT KIDS and in WHAT HOUSES when the arms is gone? The ones with all the for sale signs that are eventually foreclosed on? People need to think this through are there going to be kids around to educate in this merged school?
interested

Hartford, CT

#5 Jan 14, 2013
Duh wrote:
No merger!
We need to Merge. It will be better for our Children in the long run. And Merging w/ just 1 school is better than 3 or 4!
Why

New York, NY

#6 Jan 14, 2013
Explanation wrote:
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My point is WHAT KIDS and in WHAT HOUSES when the arms is gone? The ones with all the for sale signs that are eventually foreclosed on? People need to think this through are there going to be kids around to educate in this merged school?
Let's see here, do we worry about the POSSIBILITY of the Arms closing or do we worry about the CERTAINTY of our schools lacking the means to give our kids more than a basic education?

There is never going to be a massive exit of families from this area. If you think all these people would sell their homes and move then who do you expect to want to come here and buy those home? No, probably not reality.

Instead, people will adapt and guess what? The kids will still be getting a better education than they would if we just worry about the "what if's" and do nothing. Yeah, just let the kids become average instead of great.
DHB

Herkimer, NY

#7 Jan 15, 2013
Explanation wrote:
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My point is WHAT KIDS and in WHAT HOUSES when the arms is gone? The ones with all the for sale signs that are eventually foreclosed on? People need to think this through are there going to be kids around to educate in this merged school?
That is exactly what a merger/reorganization is for. They are not for GROWING school districts. You no longer have the tax base for each individual village to support their own school district. Your tax base is X and schools cost Y. NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE THAT. What you can change, however, is how you view borders. This is about pooling your resources into one administration instead of 2, one set of buses instead of 2, 1 tax base instead of 2, etc. The very same conversation is occurring between your fire departments, your police departments, etc.
Explanation

Little Falls, NY

#9 Jan 16, 2013
DHB wrote:
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That is exactly what a merger/reorganization is for. They are not for GROWING school districts. You no longer have the tax base for each individual village to support their own school district. Your tax base is X and schools cost Y. NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE THAT. What you can change, however, is how you view borders. This is about pooling your resources into one administration instead of 2, one set of buses instead of 2, 1 tax base instead of 2, etc. The very same conversation is occurring between your fire departments, your police departments, etc.
Thanks. My kids are doing great they are happy and have good grades. Right now I would rather see my community stay alive and keep the Arms in Ilion. If you cut the fluff from the schools, all the kids will survive. My vote is for the community over the school. Soon there might not be a discussion for any tax base. Good luck to everyone.

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