About Melissa Hart

Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor, combined with work for nonprofits. As the Explorer's digital editor, she serves as editor of Adirondack Almanack.(com) and helps manage the Explorer's website. When not online, she enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats. Sign up for Melissa’s newsletter

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  1. Chris says

    Great article.

    It would be so interesting to have an attitudinal profile over time of a few people like a couple of parents, teachers, admins, gov’t officials to see how they approached the consolidation, how their minds worked before, during and after. Change is hard and this would be a good psychographic case study.

  2. Jon B Pontius says

    I would be curious to know the equalization rates b4 the merger votes for the towns involved. If all was equal taxes go up $100 (ouch!) for E- L, and down the same $100(sweet deal) for westport. . My guess is that the assessment rolls were cleaned up at the same time making these #s true for the tax rolls as whole but roll Section 1 of the assessment rolls probably has a few significant changes ths could alter the picture.

    If you do not look carefully at these changes b4 plowing into a slew of,small school,mergers you could be doing the exact opposite.of the intention .,forcing the existing taxpayers into

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