"They're pretty adamant about the deadline and they're going to stick to it," Farmer said.
Jeanne Duguay, president of Tri-Lakes Youth Lacrosse, told the board her organization supports the merger and offered financial support to the district.
Carolyn Yelle-Tucker, mother of seventh grade student Ryley, a lacrosse player, told the board lacrosse keeps her son focused on his school work, and she would like to see the merger happen to assure the Saranac Lake program continues.
"He's not really fond of school most days; he struggles with the academic side of things," Yelle-Tucker said. "What keeps him really excited about school is sports. That keeps him focused."
The board ultimately decided it could not take any action on the merger, and noted even though Grant addressed the Section X Athletics Executive Committee last Thursday, it won't matter because he isn't a spokesperson for the district.
School board president Debra Lennon apologized to Grant, but stressed there was little reason to approve a merger that would not be allowed anyway.
"We're in uncharted waters here," Lennon said. "There's really no precedent for this. We support your motion, but if Mr. Farmer says we can't get an extension for the merger application, there's little we can do."