What’s the status of study on merger of Athens and Sayre school districts?

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The Athens Area School District and Sayre Area School District, in collaboration with Alloy 5 and other partners, are pleased to provide an update on the ongoing feasibility study exploring the potential merger of the two districts. The objective of this study is to determine IF it is in the best interest of the students and taxpayers of our two districts to create one NEW school district.

As part of this comprehensive study, Alloy 5 teams will be conducting on-site assessments of all facilities and interviewing individuals within both districts in the coming months. The insights gained from the assessments and interviews will inform the Board of Directors at both school districts and ensure an informed decision.

We are happy to report that significant progress has been made, and a list along with a timeline is being maintained. Though the dialogue surrounding this study may not be in the public domain, we would like to assure all stakeholders that the study is advancing as planned.

Our tentative goal is to conclude the study and present the findings before a joint meeting of both school boards in mid to late fall. We emphasize that we are not rushing the process and have not placed restrictive deadlines. Our priority is to ensure a thorough and well-considered study, for the benefit of all involved parties. The study does not mean a merger will happen, the information collected will guide the decision making of both school boards on the processing of a possible merger and the possible creation of a new school district.

A timeline and FAQ is posted on both school district websites. The school districts’ leadership teams are committed to keeping the community informed throughout this process. We will be sharing updates as more information becomes available. We appreciate your understanding and support as we continue to explore the possibilities this potential merger may bring.