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Difficult times, difficult decisions

Consolidation of administrative offices might be more seamless. School superintendent positions could be merged through attrition as officials retire or resign.

Another area that should be considered is the consolidation of sports teams. Some local schools have such low student numbers that they cannot field a team in every available sport. When they can, they often are not competitive, or young athletes might not be afforded the rest they need during a game because of a lack of substitutes.

This season alone, Crown Point Central School’s girls soccer team, with just 11 players, was nearly unable to begin the season. The team was able to make it but it was right down to the last minute. The girls in Schroon Lake were in a similar situation.

Consolidating sports teams would save districts money on equipment and coaching staff, while utilizing a shared field would create savings and bring strong athletes together to work hard and encourage competitiveness and endurance.

Shared services could offer an alternative to cutting programs in a school, while keeping staff on the payrolls and saving taxpayer dollars.

Difficult times demand difficult decisions. As school officials enter another demanding budget season, they must take a long look at merging as many resources as possible. Nothing should be left off the table — not even studying the financial benefits of merging with a nearby district.

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