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To Join Forces?

By Jeanne Sager
LIVINGSTON MANOR — December 28, 2004 – The fate of football is in the boards’ hands – yes, the boards.
After talks broke down sometime last school year regarding shared services between the Livingston Manor and Roscoe central school districts, the boards of education have planned their first official joint meeting for Thursday, Jan. 6.
A committee formed to discuss options for pooling resources had come up with a long list – including the possibility of someday merging the districts – that were presented at a Livingston Manor Board of Education meeting last spring.
But the committee was never called to meet with the Roscoe board, and the matter was dropped.
According to Roscoe Superintendent George Will, the Manor board didn’t seem receptive to the idea of moving ahead at the time – making the committee’s meetings moot.
But with the financial crimp every county school district is facing and a history of difficulties fielding teams in both districts, the boards will start out talking about putting together a Manor/Roscoe football team on Jan. 6 – and go from there.
“I think there will be some general level discussion,” Will said.
He said boys soccer might be on the table as well, but beyond that, he couldn’t speculate.
“We just don’t know,” he said. “There will be general discussion possibly leading back to the committee, but maybe not . . .”
Will said the committee has not been invited to specifically attend the meeting, but the joint session is open to the public.
The meeting will be held in the high school library in Livingston Manor, starting at 7 p.m.

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