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Edinburg school mulls breaking Northville ties

December 2, 2012
By JOHN BORGOLINI , The Leader Herald

EDINBURG - Edinburg Common School officials have seen students come and go, and for roughly the last 70 years, those students have gone on to Northville Central Schools after sixth grade.

On July 1, 2013, that could all change.

The school's Board of Trustees recently collected proposals from four area school districts - Broadalbin-Perth, Galway, Mayfield and Northville - and will review them and answer questions from the community.

"We want to go over the proposals," said Edinburg superintendent Randy Teetz. "We're going to break down the programs, transportation issues and get feedback from the community."

Northville Board of Education President Jim Beirlein said he understands that losing the Edinburg students would be big for the district, but it's out of Northville officials' hands now.

"It's quite critical for us, because it would be lost revenue that we would not be able to match up with a cut in staff," Beirlein said. "We would have to keep our staff for our students. That's just the financial side. The Edinburg students have been a big part of our district for many years."

As of Oct. 3, Edinburg has 55 students attending Northville Central School in grades seven through 12 at $6,222 per student.

Beirlein said he knows there is support for the students to keep attending Northville after they leave sixth grade.

He doesn't know if Edinburg officials just have a desire to send their students somewhere else.

"I know many residents over there are requesting an open meeting with the board to discuss it," he said. "I know there are some parents that are concerned about it. I feel we have some support with the parents, with some of the community over there."

Teetz said Edinburg school officials have been happy with communication with Northville over the 70 years the two schools have worked together, and also with the education the students have received at Northville. But he and the Board of Supervisors have a lot to look at before making a decision, he said.

They will look at educational issues first, including graduation rates, then issues such as advanced placement courses, elective courses, extra-curricular activities and sports.



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