Spencer-Van Etten and Candor vote against merger

By Matt Porter

December 4, 2013 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Voters in Spencer-Van Etten and Candor school districts voted down a proposed merger in a straw vote.

In Candor, residents voted 574-No to 240-Yes.

In Spencer the votes were closer, with 547-No and 307-Yes.

A recent study shows a possible $300,000 in savings per year, plus an added $30 million in state incentive aid for a blended school district.

Thomas Newill, of Spencer, said now is not the time to have a merger.

"We should not merge at this time, maybe somewhere in the future. But right now our kids seem to be doing well," Newill said.

Julia Wandell, of Van Etten, said the merger could be helpful for both districts.

"I believe it will help the taxes and our enrollment is going down, so why not fill up the schools," Wandell said.