Schools may merge

Many of its alumni have seen their children, and their children's children graduate from the school, one member said in his introduction to fellow committee members. Some committee members said they were opposed to the merger but would listen to both sides.

Steele asked them to let the process unfold before making their decisions.

"I have lived in Maplewood for 16 years. It was hard decision to come to it (the merger). But I think we are really in good standings with North Colonie," said Patti Clickner, a Maplewood board of trustee member. "It's hard, and I hope the process goes smoothly."

Last week's meeting and the next one, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Shaker High School, will serve as informational sessions for the committee members. After consultants inform members what they are being asked to do, the decision of whether or not to put the merger to a vote will rest solely on the committee members, said Daniel Porter, one of the consultants.

Once the feasibility study is completed, the merger must go before district voters. If approved, this school year would be Maplewood's last as a common school. It would become the seventh North Colonie Elementary School.""

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