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District to vote to authorize BOCES to purchase Remington building

The Herkimer BOCES board of education voted to hold a vote on Tuesday, Mar. 31 on a referendum that will authorize the BOCES board to purchase to former Remington school building for $1 plus closing costs. Residents of all 10 component districts will vote. Districts are Central Valley, Dolgeville, Frankfort-Schuyler, Herkimer, Little Falls, Mt. Markham, Owen D. Young, Poland, Richfield Springs, and West Canada Valley.

A second vote for Central Valley

“This may seem strange after our residents voted on Nov. 12 to sell the building,” said Central Valley superintendent Jeremy Rich.

“But in that vote, Central Valley residents agreed to sell. As members of BOCES, we must join with the other nine districts in a vote to allow BOCES to buy the building.”

Unlike merger votes where each district must separately approve the referendum, this referendum will be decided by the combined votes in all districts. Each district must host a polling site and residents may vote at any of the sites.

“This is a message we need to get out to our residents; our votes are important,” Rich said.

“We agreed to sell, but that was only half the task. The next step is for BOCES voters to agree to buy. Since we are part of BOCES, those voters include us.”

Late-January through mid-March, Herkimer BOCES representatives will present their plan to each of the component boards of education.