Penn Yan, Dundee schools kill merger talks

The Penn Yan and Dundee Central School Districts have taken the idea of a merger off the table as they continue discussions about ways to offer students more opportunities through two committees with specific focuses.

Last week the schools each circulated statements about the outcome of surveys in the communities, both making it clear that any conversations of exploring a possible merger have ended. “DCS will continue to be involved in two different committees that will have ongoing conversations of ways to enhance, create and sustain student opportunities through collaboration, however, at this time, we have decided to end any conversations of exploring a possible merger,” said Dundee Central School Board of Education President Laurie Richer.

In his statement, Howard Dennis, superintendent of Penn Yan Central School District explained, “Through the survey, it became evident that our school community supports the possibility of sharing different programs to encourage student success when appropriate.”

One of the committees has been charged with exploring ways the district’s sports programs could work together. That committee has met and began discussions about football programs, but Dennis says Section V officials are looking at other options, including a form of football requiring fewer players on the field. He says the committee may begin looking at possibilities in other sports.

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