Tuckahoe school district considered for merger

In an effort to save money, three small school districts in Westchester are being considered for a merger with larger ones. A report issued last month calls for consolidating districts with fewer than

News 12 Staff

Jan 14, 2009, 11:22 PM

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Tuckahoe school district considered for merger
In an effort to save money, three small school districts in Westchester are being considered for a merger with larger ones.
A report issued last month calls for consolidating districts with fewer than 1,000 students to save money.
One of the three small school districts that are being considered is Tuckahoe. The district currently has a total of about 1,000 students in its one elementary, middle and high school.
Tuckahoe Superintendent Michael Yazurlo says it is worth investigating a merger with nearby Eastchester, but he is not sure if there would be monetary benefits from it.
?I?ve looked at it and I don?t think it is going to make much of a difference because both school districts are at a capacity enrollment for the facilities we have,? says Yazurlo.
Another question in debate is whether homeowners would save money on their property taxes if the merger went through.
Yazurlo estimates the savings would only be less than $200 a year for taxpayers.
A spokeswoman for the Eastchester School District says that since they have more than 3,000 students and are already dealing with overcrowding, she doesn't believe they would be a candidate for any kind of merger.


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