Horseheads, Heights District Consolidation Study

Horseheads, Heights District Consolidation Study Begins

ELMIRA HEIGHTS (WENY) -- Two Southern Tier schools districts have decided to spend nearly $50,000 to see if consolidating the districts is feasible.
     The Horseheads and Elmira Heights Central School Districts got that money from a state grant and picked the Western New York Educational Service Council as the consultants to do a consolidation feasibility study.
      The two districts have been struggling financially and share some services already.
     The consultants will look into more possibilities and what a merger may mean, including the impact on education and tax-payers.
     Elmira Heights Superintendent, Mary Beth Fiore says the plan is right on track. This is the only consolidation study the consultants will be looking at over this one year period.
     "This is an information gathering process," said Superintendent Fiore. "It has to be very thorough. We have to be able to identify pros and the cons of a consolidation in the future. That's the work of the committee and the work that we have to undertake."
     Superintendent Fiore says a Community Advisory Committee will be formed this Summer, with people from each district. They will work with the consultants over the next year.