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JAC wrapping up Potsdam/Canton merger work

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POTSDAM - The 28 member-joint action committee exploring the merger between the Canton and Potsdam central school districts will be concluding its work when it meets for the last time on May 7.

“We are coming to the end of the JAC’s work,” Potsdam Central School Superintendent Patrick H. Brady said.

The committee’s final meeting will be held in the Potsdam High School library and will also include a period of time set aside for board of education members from both districts to ask questions.

Mr. Brady said this meeting will also be the public’s final chance to comment on the merger.“This is the last opportunity for community input before the report is finalized and published,” Mr. Brady said.

Other aspects of the study that remain ongoing include long-range financial planning and determining how transportation for a merged district would work.

“Once the additional aid ($35 million over 14 years) runs out and we start using fund balance, how long will it be before we are back where we are right now?” Mr. Brady asked, noting that is one question left to be answered.

The joint transportation study has also not yet been completed.

“That’s a key question,” Mr. Brady said. “How long will my child be on the bus?”

The joint action committee includes 14 representatives from each school district and has met several times since the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

The final report will be made public in June at community meetings to be held in both Potsdam and Canton.

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