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Decision over CBA/La Salle merger to be made this month

A decision that has been looming over the heads of parents of two area private schools discussing merging is expected to be made this month according to administrators from both Christian Brothers Academy, in Loudonville, and La Salle Institute, in Troy.

The decision on whether or not to merge is expected to be made on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Discussions about merging date back to over a year ago when the idea of merging originally came up after board directors from both schools met to discuss services that the schools could share, such as cafeteria and lawn services. The services would be shared in an effort to cut costs, as both schools had been seeing a decline in enrollment and loss of revenue from tuition.

This past summer, both schools held several town-hall-style meetings gathering parents, alumni and school officials both together and separately to talk about the details that are being considered during each school board's discussions relating to a merger.

Aside from the river that divides them, the two schools do have much in common according to school officials, including their all-male enrollment and Lasallian traditions-the traditions on which both school's foundations were laid.

Tuition currently stands at an average of $10,500 for both schools, and if the schools were to merge, officials say that cost would likely increase.

Other than the cost, parents are upset that if the two schools merge, each school, which many of the fathers had attended themselves, would lose their own traditions and history and that their children would not receive the same quality of education that they had, though school officials promise that the quality of education would remain the same.

Parents are concerned that the schools would be stripped of their individual identities in the event of a merger, but some saw the positive appeal of change during the discussions.

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