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Vote may prove costly

January 14, 2014

Last week, voters in the Northville Central School District struck down a proposed merger with the Mayfield Central School Distric....

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Jan-18-14 6:27 AM

To all Northville residents, what we have to do is to attend all BOE meetings starting 2/11/14. The people can make a difference. Do not let them walk all over us.

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Jan-16-14 7:39 AM

Forget about consolidation, Charter your local Schools to your Communities needs and ability to fund their schools and take back your children's education from the State and Teachers Union. You have more power than you realize. Use it. You, not the State or Teachers Unions determines the fate of your children.

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Jan-15-14 12:48 PM

The editorial totally ignores the underestimation of expenditures in the merger study to the tune of approx 800,000.00., and no plan to deal with that deficit, which no doubt would include higher taxes and cutting of programs. N'ville voters weren't fooled.....and interesting that the # of no votes in Mayfield this time around more than doubled.

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Jan-15-14 7:37 AM

(Sigh)Everything in NYS is costly.

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Jan-14-14 7:53 PM

Look at St. Johnsville and Oppenheim. Them tax payers are paying for admins that aren't even doing a job. PAID leave for some reason. Them tax payers don't even know why.

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Jan-14-14 4:22 PM

The people have spoken, the dye is cast, give it a rest.

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Jan-14-14 2:52 PM

"The costs of school districts' public-employee contracts and state-mandated expenses are simply much too great for local taxpayers to bear without help from the state." Help from the state, what a shell game. The State has every school district subsidized by all the States Taxpayers plus the Local Taxpayers who also subsidize the other school districts so the whole thing doesn't collapse on top of the Teachers Union. The only commanality in the whole thing is the excessive Union demands and 'mandated expenses'(??!) that keep this idiotic square wheel going.

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Jan-14-14 2:17 PM

Ask Broadalbin how their consolidation is going now? Tax increases and budget problems plague them as much as any school in the area!

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Jan-14-14 2:15 PM

State aid should not be a weapon used to force you to do as they wish. It is time to reconfigure how state aid is handed out and get some control back to the districts!

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Jan-14-14 1:06 PM

Gofigure & G'ville 70 have pretty much summarized the situation properly. Pare your excesses, run your programs frugally, consolidate with Edinburg, and intelligently reconfigure retirement benefits. Northville is in a position to prosper in a number of areas as long as we don't succumb to the lure of government giveaways in any of these areas - government is always the Circe enticing the unsuspecting and greedy with false promises to their ultimate destruction.

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Jan-14-14 12:57 PM

The issue is not the number of programs each district has now. The problems arise when the districts try to maintain or even expand those programs in the future and find they can't afford it. We will quickly see the downside to our beloved "small schools". We had a way out but you couldn't see beyond a few hundred dollars. Hopefully we will get another chance and will consider what is best for the entire community.

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Jan-14-14 12:42 PM

There were many more reasons against this merger than for it and the intelligent voters of Nville realized it. The only workable merger is between Edinburg and Northville. Mayfield is the deseprate suitor that needs to start a romance with either Gloversville or Broadalbin-Perth and hopefully the Perth people who have already been whipped by a superintendent who loves all tax increases would put a stop to that idea too.

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Jan-14-14 12:32 PM

Here is the problem. Consolidation is supposed to take advantage of shared resources to cut costs, not add programs. As a Mayfield Resident this is why I voted NO. Both schools obviously have a sufficient number of programs, we don't need more.

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Jan-14-14 12:01 PM

How does making a school district bigger, then asking for more state aid, which comes from us help lower the cost of education?

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Jan-14-14 11:34 AM

I guess they will find out in a few years.

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Jan-14-14 11:12 AM

Good for Northville.. The editor forgot that teachers contracts are negotiable every few years, and if it comes time to strike down part of the contract they can easily.. I hear the residents can also restructure the payscale also..

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