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School Merger Off The Table For Hornell-Area Districts

A proposal to merge three schools in the Hornell area is no longer on the table. Arkport, Alfred-Almond, and Canaseraga districts voted down a merger plan Thursday. The plan lost by fairly small margins in Arkport and Canaseraga, 308-210 and 179-135, respectively. Alfred-Almond had a bigger share of ‘no’ votes, with a 582-134 result.

“We’ll move on,” says Arkport Superintendent Glenn Niles. “It’s nice to see there wasn’t too big a spread between the ‘yes’s’ and the ‘no’s’, so there is a perceived need out there.”

Niles says the schools might revisit the merger in the future, depending on how much state aid they get next year and whether enrollment continues to decline.