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

As Jeff Sidoti, a 2007 CBA graduate, told the crowd at one of the meetings, We're not losing our history-we're making it.

Some parents were also concerned that they were not involved in the discussions of shared services and merging earlier on in the discussion process, and would have liked to be in the loop a lot sooner than this summer.

But according to Brother Carl Malacalza, the entire discussion process will wrap up on Tuesday, Oct. 20, when both boards will come together separately and make their decision.

"I think at this point, I'm still open to looking at both directions," said Malacalza. "There are pluses and minuses to each one."

Malacalza said that, "even though the date is coming up quickly, there are some questions that still have been unanswered," and that some of these questions should be answered by the parent opinion survey each school sent out to their parents during the discussions.

"Every family has received a questionnaire and all the alumni have also and the results of those questionnaires, that information is going to be a part of the critical information that we're going to be looking at," said Malacalza.

CBA Principal James Schlegel said he could not comment on which way CBA was leaning, whether it be toward merging or not, until the results from the questionnaire are all in.

"I think right now we're waiting to get the results back from our parent and alumni survey," he said.

Schlegel said the schools would each be holding one more meeting before they make their decision to listen to the thoughts of parents and alumni in person one more time. After that point, a decision is expected to be made.

No formal decisions of which location would be chosen in the event of a merger have been made public yet.

Should one school board decide they do not want to merge while the other does, the merger will not happen, according to Malacalza.

For more on this story, check back at www.spotlightnews.com, or read the Wednesday, Oct. 7, print edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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