continued “I’m pleased the Crown Point kids are getting physics and I think it’s a great opportunity socially,” Graney said. “It’s a chance for kids from both schools to get to know each other and talk about the way things are done in each school. I think there’s a lot of learning taking place besides physics.”
The Ticonderoga and Crown Point school districts agreed last spring to consider a possible merger. The two school boards have asked the Department of State for an application for grant money to conduct a study of the issue.
Some feel the shared class may be a first step toward a merger, but McDonald and Brannock insist that’s not the case.
“We haven’t even gotten the grant to do the study yet,” McDonald said. “If and when we do get the grant it’ll be at least a two-year process.”
Even after the study, no merger can take place with voter approval of both school districts.
It’s very possible the districts will not merge, McDonald said, but the study may lead to greater shared services that could save taxpayers in both districts money.
“The study will look at all kinds of consolidation of services, each tax base, state aid to each district, geography, programs, everything,” he said. “The study will give us an idea of what’s feasible. Anything we can do together that helps both districts will be looked at. We (Ti) could end up sending some students to Crown Point for a class there.
“How can we look at our taxpayers and say we didn’t pursue this?” McDonald asked.
“We have to find ways to remain responsible to taxpayers and meet student needs,” Brannock said. “We have to consider every possibility.”
McDonald and Brannock also pointed out the two school districts are sharing student transportation to Champlain Valley Tech in Mineville.