Crown Point rejects school merger

Board votes against possible consolidation with Ticonderoga

— Crown Point and Ticonderoga schools will not merge.

The Crown Point Central School board of education rejected a possible merger by a unanimous vote Dec. 17, prompting cheers from those at the meeting. The decision came after the board received petitions from both community residents and students asking it to end merger talks. The resident petition had more than 450 signatures. More than 100 students signed their petition.

Bette Pertak presented the community petition to the school board. It read: “We, the undersigned, request that the Crown Point school board hear our voices now and say no to a merger with Ticonderoga school. We want our children in our community to continue their education, play sports and graduate as a Crown Point Panther.”

No one spoke in favor of a merger.

“The school, superintendent, school board and teachers are doing a fine job, there is no reason to merge,” Pertak said. “If we merge, Crown Point loses.”

Several community members spoke, praising the education at Crown Point school and noting the importance of the school to the community’s identity.

“I am totally against a merger,” Ken LaDeau said. “I have served on the board for two terms. CPCS is not a bad place. The taxpayers are very lucky to have a great building that is the anchor of our community. Hope is here. If the school goes, the town goes.”

Anita Johnson, a parent and a member of the merger study committee, praised the school and opposed the merger.

“The Crown Point school board has made serious considerations, sacrifices and hard decisions in the past,” Johnson said. “The benefit (of a merger) does not outweigh the risk or loss and there is no need to vote for a merger.”

Catherine Muller Harmon said her family lives in Crown Point because of the school.

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