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Minerva and Johnsburg School Boards agree to learn more about school mergers. (October, 2022)
Minerva and Johnsburg School Boards participate in a presentation on school district reorganization featuring representatives from the New York State Education Department. (January, 2023)
Minerva and Johnsburg School Boards host separate community meetings. (February, 2023)
Minerva and Johnsburg School Boards decided to participate in a merger feasibility study. (February, 2023)
BOCES District Superintendent issues Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Merger
Feasibility Study (May 2023)
Consultant is hired to conduct the merger feasibility study. (July/August 2023)
Typically, a Merger Feasibility Advisory Committee is formed, consisting of an equal number of participants from each school community (teachers, staff, students, parents, and community members) to assist with the feasibility study process.
A feasibility study is conducted and shared with the school communities through multiple Merger Feasibility Advisory Committee meetings. This process typically takes around 6 months to complete.
Following the completion of the feasibility study, both the Minerva and Johnsburg School Boards will decide, separately, whether or not to conduct a non-binding “straw vote” to assess public support for the merger. Prior to going to a straw vote, the merger feasibility study must be approved by the NYS Education Department.
If either school board decides not to conduct a straw vote, the merger process does not continue. If either community’s straw vote fails, the merger process will not continue.
If both communities' straw vote passes, showing community support, the merger approval process proceeds to a second and final/binding vote (Commissioner’s Vote) – in each community.
The second and binding vote is held, separately in each community, to determine community support for the school merger. Voters who support the merger are also asked to decide on how many board members the new board will consist of and the length of terms.
If the second vote fails in either community, the process ends.
The formal reorganization process begins if the second vote passes in both communities.