A vote to merge Canaseraga Central School District and Arkport Central School District failed on Tuesday evening.
The vote finished with 193 yeas to 285 nays, but 65 percent of Arkport voters voted in favor of the merger.
Residents in Canaseraga rejected the merger by a margin of 59.6 percent.
Since the 2012-13 school year, the enrollment at Arkport has decreased by more than 11 percent, and Canaseraga’s enrollment has dipped by about 4 percent.
“I’d like to thank those who took the time to vote today on this important issue,” Arkport
Superintendent of Schools Jesse Harper said. “As the number of students in the region
continues to shrink, we must and will explore every option available to us for educating our
children in a cost-effective way. And Arkport will continue to do so.”
Chad C. Groff, Superintendent of Schools for Canaseraga Central School District, issued this statement regarding the failed vote:
On behalf of the Canaseraga Board of Education, I would first and foremost like to thank our residents for coming out in record numbers to exercise their right to vote. I would also like to thank our school board and merger committee members for their work during this process. As we continue as a single school district, we will strive to continue to offer our students a solid education and seek to build on the good things we have for our students. As was mentioned in numerous meetings, Mr. Harper and I will continue to work together in the areas we can to provide enhanced opportunities for our students.