I am not sour abour the merger, I know that it was defeated on both sides thats cut and dry.
Here is a blast from the past even.
Seneca Falls-Waterloo Vote No On Merger
Greg Cotterill Reporting for FingerLakes1.com & the Finger Lakes News Network
August 1, 2005
Voters in Seneca Falls and Waterloo have rejected a proposed merger of the two communities' School Districts. The margin was overwhelming in Seneca Falls, five to one against the merger. It was closer in Waterloo, with 59 percent opposed. Four thousand voters cast ballots in the two districts. Seneca Falls Superintendent Gerald Macaluso was somewhat surprised at the margin, but says the vote means residents are happy with the education their kids are getting. Macaluso says the underlying problems that led officials to consider the merger must still be addressed.
You yourself were one of the people that helped the defeat go down due to rivalries and history not based on fact or even general logic. Remember that cute little anti-merger website?
Here is the fact people are up in arms about the cost of education and how it transfers onto the taxpayer. Are you satisfied at the current cost or tax rate you are paying? Do you want to be part of the solution or part of the problem?
Do you want NYS to step in and decide who stays and who goes without any input or choice? The current plan on the table in Albany will be what is in the best interest of NYS. It will place the power in the hands of BOCES not the taxpayers, pretty slick huh.
I am completely for keeping the districts seperate and open to shareing services. Working together as a fiscially responsible county will save a bunch of headaches and wallet pains in the end.
With all due respect, you are indeed still bitter about the merger defeat. I've read numerous comments of yours on this forum over the past five years, and while virtually everyone else in SF and Waterloo has put the merger issue to rest, you still seem to have a lot of bitterness over its defeat. Again, I'm not sure why you're so bitter and angry about it; the voters in both districts have spoken and you just have to accept that.
In your posts over the past five years, you've made numerous comments about how SF voters voted the merger down due to "old rivalries and history, not logic." Let me make it clear that nothing could be further from the truth. You know it as well as I do. And, your comments are an insult to the taxpayers of SF. Again, I don't know why you still hold such anger and bitterness toward the SF School District and its taxpayers.
When I look at why Waterloo's taxpayers voted down the merger, I know that it was because they were happy with the high quality education that the Waterloo School District provides; not because of old athletic rivalries between the two school districts.
Now, I'm very sincere when I say this: I invite you to contact the Finger Lakes Times and ask them to provide you with every article they wrote during their coverage of the merger proposal. Then, post every article on this thread. Then, go through it with a fine-tooth comb and highlight every word that supports your belief that those against the merger felt that way because of the old "SF-Waterloo rivalry." Seriously, I really want you to do that.
And, I want you to consider this: An educational magazine that is national in scope did an article on how the SF-Waterloo merger process unfolded. It applauded the method that SF used in educating its voters on the pros and cons of the merger, calling it's community model "a most democratic process" since "pro-merger" and "anti-merger" groups held several meetings that were open to the public. The meetings were held so that taxpayers could cast an "educated vote" rather than "emotional vote." The result was a defeat of the merger by a 5-to-1 margin. I would like to believe that the 5-to-1 vote was based on the fact that the taxpayers were pleased with the education that the SF District was providing....not because of old athletic rivalries.