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Seneca County residents reject school merger

Seneca County residents reject school merger

Residents of Seneca County have struck down a proposed merger of the Romulus and South Seneca School districts.

When the final votes came in Tuesday night, the numbers showed that residents of the South Seneca School District were strongly in favor of the merger, while residents of the Romulus school district were overwhelmingly against it.

Superintendent for South Seneca Schools Steve Parker Zielinski said the fact that Romulus is the smaller school likely had a big impact in the voting booth.

“I think it’s fair to say they had serious worries about losing their communtiy identity, and it generated a lot of emotional debate,” Zielinski said. “In the end, they decided that they would rather stand alone.”

Zielinski said a merger would have opened up more opportunities for students to get involved in athletics and extracurricular activities.

“We tried hard to emphasize the opportunities for kids in terms of athletics and extracurriculars, and all of the academic opporutnities, especially at the high school level.”

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