The Mayfield and Northville school districts are looking closely at a possible merger.
Educators are talking about a plan in which each community would maintain a local elementary school for students in prekindergarten through grade five.
The current Northville High School would house students in grades six through eight, and the current Mayfield Junior-Senior High School would house students in grades nine through 12.
The districts also are looking at two options for programs. The first option would lead to an increase in school taxes in the Northville district, and the second option would result in no tax increases in either community, according to school officials.
The Mayfield and Northville school boards plan to vote next month on which option to present to voters.
In August, the school boards will decide whether to move forward with an advisory referendum, also called a "straw vote," which would take place in September. If residents of both school districts approve the advisory referendum, a binding referendum on the merger would take place in October.
If residents approve the binding referendum, the new merged district would begin operating on July 1, 2013.
The potential for big changes looms for residents in the Mayfield and Northville districts. That's why it's important for voters living there to educate themselves about the merger plan so they can make informed decisions if a proposal goes to a public referendum.
People will have a good opportunity to learn more about the efforts at public forums June 18 in the Mayfield Junior-Senior High School auditorium and June 20 in the Northville auditorium. Both forums will begin at 6:30 p.m., and guided school tours will precede the forum at 5:30 p.m.
We encourage people who would be affected by the merger to attend one of the forums. Parents, students, educators, voters, taxpayers and other residents are among those affected.
It's important people understand the facts about the proposed merger.