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MCS superintendent says junior/senior high merger talks progressing

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MASSENA - Massena Central School Interim Superintendent William H. Flynn told board of education members Tuesday evening that talks regarding a possible junior/senior high school merger have continued.

Board of Education members agreed in April to set up committees to look at possible building restructuring.

One committee will investigate the budgetary impact of consolidating the two buildings, while the other will look at the budgetary impact of “stacking” the elementary schools, segregating grade levels at an individual building rather having each building continue to function as a kindergarten through grade six facility.

“We’ve had one meeting and more are to come. We have discussed basically the consolidation between the junior high school and the high school and explored some of the ramifications just in terms of space and that sort of thing,” Mr. Flynn said.

“We haven’t attached any dollars to anything at this point and it would appear at first blush that it’s not going to be as simple as shutting one building and just moving the people over. There will probably be a building project involved in that. So it’s not something that’s going to be able to be recommended immediately,” he said.

It was announced last month that the committees would include administrators, teachers and community members, who would report the results of their investigation to the board in December.

“We are moving forward with the discussion of how the consolidation would affect staffing and just any other ways that we might look at as far as basically saving money by doing the consolidation,” Mr. Flynn said. “(In December) we will be able to put together a complete strategic plan. This would involve also looking at some reorganization components as well.”

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