Schoolhouse Beat

2 districts on Long Island consider merging

In New York state, voters in the Southampton and Tuckahoe districts will decide next month whether to merge the school systems. Newsday reports that votes in each of the communities will determine whether Southampton residents, who pay significantly lower property taxes, are willing to boost their taxes to preserve programs for their students and lower their neighbors' taxes. Tuckahoe Common School District has 354 students in grades K to 8. This year, it will pay to send its 149 high school students to Southampton, which has about 1,500 students in grades K to 12.

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