In response to a question about whether there is a plan to force local mergers, Davie said he does not feel that is something Albany will mandate. The Senate has talked about the possibility of regional high schools that will allow smaller schools to keep their identity. Nobody wants to end up with a situation that results in long bus rides for students, he said.
Asked about higher education, Magee said that area colleges are facing the same issues with funding that public schools are confronted with, because of tight state budgets.
After the session, Unatego Central School Superintendent Charles Molloy said all of the legislators have been supportive of local education. Such forums are important because they allow legislators to “hear from the people.” Something similar is being planned at his school later this month, he said.