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Morristown and Hammond Central Schools agree on mid-November work session to discuss cost savings

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MORRISTOWN - The Morristown and Hammond Central school boards of education are planning on meeting in mid-November to discuss cost saving measures.

The actual date of the meeting has not been set yet, but Morristown Superintendent David J. Glover said the joint meeting will set the foundation of possible future talks between the two districts.

Last month the Morristown Central School Board of Education voted against pursuing a plan to send students to Heuvelton Central School, instead opting to investigate a merger with Hammond Central School.

The Hammond Central School Board of Education signaled that they are open to talking.

Mr. Glover said the meeting in November will be focused on three possibilities: a full merger that would see the two districts becoming one, larger district; increasing the number of shared services they offer; and having one superintendent’s office for both districts.

Morristown graduated 20 students in June, and Hammond handed out diplomas to 21 seniors in June.

Hammond Central School has appointed Randy C. Richards as interim superintendent and at the September meeting of the Morristown Board of Education, Vice President W. Darrell Merkel suggested sharing one superintendent may be an ideal solution for both districts.

The St. Regis Falls and Brushton-Moira school districts currently share a superintendent. Fomrer Morristown Superintendent Beverly L. Ouderkirk held that post prior to her retirement at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

Neither district has signaled that they are in any hurry to deepen their ties, however.

Earlier this month Mr. Richard said a merger may not be in the “scope” of this year’s budget, and Mr. Glover said Morristown’s financial situation has improved over the past year, which gives them more time to review their options.

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