Jay, SAD 36 to study merger

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JAY – School officials in Jay and SAD 36 plan to submit a reorganization data request to to get a financial analysis of what a joint school system partnering Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls would look like.

Jay Superintendent Robert Wall said he submitted information to SAD 36 Superintendent Terry Despres Wednesday to begin the process of possibly consolidating the school systems to serve tri-town students.

“We’re looking at submitting as many requests as necessary to satisfy questions people may have on what a relationship would look like,” Wall said.

Besides SAD 36, the other financial analysis requests will include SAD 9 and others, Wall said.

Despres was unavailable for comment on SAD 36’s plans Thursday.

The analysis would give each town the idea of what the financial picture would look like as consolidated district, Wall said.

It is probably the step most people are interested in – to see how the towns would be impacted and what the state subsidy would be if a joint partnership is formed.

Wall said he gave a presentation updating people on the state’s school administration reorganization law following a public hearing Tuesday on the proposed $9.85 million school budget voters will consider Aug. 21.

“We’re still in the planning mode and we’re still looking at options,” he said.

Some of the things they’re looking at, he said, is what the education options for students will be if Jay merges with another school system, including career paths, vocational offerings and other opportunities.

They’ll also be looking at what state support will be provided and examine the time schedule set by the state.

School officials plan to keep the community informed and involved in the process as it moves forward, Wall said.

They’re looking at having a joint meeting between Jay School Committee and SAD 36 directors in early August and to review the financial information then.

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