Merger voted down

A majority of Schenevus voters (509-254) cast “no” ballots on a proposed merger on Wednesday, putting a stop to a process that began more than two years ago.

Wednesday’s vote was the final say in the proposed annexation merger, which would have combined the two districts into one under the leadership of the Worcester CSD board and superintendent.

While Worcester voters approved the proposal, 298-162, the process requires a majority of voters in both districts in order to move forward. Had the Schenevus vote been positive, Worcester would have annexed Schenevus at the start of the 2022-23 school year.

State education law permits the Schenevus Central School District to put the merger to a re-vote in one year’s time if the Board of Education chooses to do so. If no re-vote is scheduled, the outcome of the vote is final and the districts will not merge.

We wish to thank all of those who have participated in this lengthy and challenging process, particularly those who served on the Merger Committee.