This is not the first time the schools have considered merging, as Schlegel said about 12 years ago, the same discussions were held, though only in the past year did the discussions become close enough to where the schools would actually need to make a decision.
Many similarities between the two schools were part of the reasons why the boards thought it might be smart to merge. Both schools' foundations are based in Lasallian traditions, come with tuition price tags around $10,500 per year and share services including lawn care and cafeteria service.
On Tuesday, the boards met together and then separately to discuss the merger at The Century House, in Latham. It was agreed prior to the meetings that if one board did not want the merger it would not happen.
Schlegel said that just because the merger is not going to happen now does not necessarily mean it will not happen ever.
"If history teaches us anything, I think we may find us both here again in 10 years from now or 20 years from now talking about the same thing," he said.
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