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Morristown, Hammond schools continue cost-sharing discussions

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MORRISTOWN - Besides the shared goal of generally “saving money” there is nothing concrete to the discussions being held by the Morristown and Hammond Central School districts regarding consolidation and finding efficiencies.

Hammond Central Interim Superintendent Randy C. Richards said the district’s board of education will present its ideas for shared services at its March 11 meeting.

“There is nothing solid yet,” Mr. Richards said. “Most of the list consists of broad areas for shared services to save money. We are going to wait to discuss it with the board first before we make any determinations or share that information with the public.”

Morristown Central School Superintendent David J. Glover said the two districts are still in the process of determining “what would make sense and what wouldn’t make sense.”

The next conversation between the two districts will be held in mid- to late-March, Mr. Glover said.

“So far we’ve looked at technical support, cafeteria services and talked administrative assistants,” Mr. Richards said. “Those are the key areas we are focusing on right now. It’s a difficult time fiscally for school districts. We’re trying to position both districts well for the future. But we have to keep in mind what is or isn’t within our scope this year.”

Mr. Richards said the schools already share transportation and food services. To save money on extracurricular costs, students compete in sports teams outside their resident districts.

Mr. Glover said the districts have also been considering sharing some academic services, especially college courses and electives.

Another possible area where the districts could find savings is sharing a superintendent, Mr. Glover said.

“I think that may be discussed,” he said. “I’m not sure what type of traction that will have or not have.”

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