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Chemung County school districts exploring merger option

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Chemung County school districts exploring merger option
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CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. -- Two Chemung County school districts are working together to help solve current financial needs.

The Horseheads and Elmira Heights school districts have agreed to look into doing a feasibility study of a possible merger. The districts already share transportation services and will continue to look into sharing more.

The feasibility study costs about $40,000 to $50,000 and the first step the districts are taking is to try and secure funding for the study. Each superintendent believes in looking into every possible option to plan for years ahead.

"We are going to do everything we can to preserve out school district, we're very proud of our school district, we believe our community, no community should have to give up their community schools and we are going to continue that fight. We think our community deserves it, we think our children deserve it," said Mary Beth Fiore, Elmira Heights SD Superintendent.

Fiore emphasized no consolidation would take place without the public's support.

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