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Penn Yan, Dundee to study joint sports, courses

Two joint committees are being formed by the Penn Yan and Dundee Central School Districts in an effort to identify ways for the two districts to offer more opportunities to students.

At a joint board of education meeting Sept. 20, board members heard the results of surveys conducted in both communities. Administrators recommend the committees as a way to keep communications open as the districts look for solutions to the enrollment and financial challenges they expect to face in the future.

One of the committees will explore possible combinations to enhance or preserve educational opportunities in the districts, while the other will explore possible combinations to enhance or preserve athletic opportunities. Both committees will report back to a combined board of education meeting yet to be scheduled.

In July, the boards held a forum to open a discussion between the districts exploring the opportunities they might find by working together in the future. “It was a great conversation, but it could have taken us in 12 different directions,” said Penn Yan Superintendent Howard Dennis.

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