SARANAC LAKE - A Rochester-based consulting firm will discuss opportunities for the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake school districts to share services at an upcoming joint meeting of the two local school boards.
The Center for Governmental Research, which has been hired by AdkAction.org to study the cost savings of the two districts sharing services, will make a presentation at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Saranac Lake High School large group instruction room. An open question-and-answer period will follow. The public is welcome to attend and encouraged to ask questions.
"CGR is honored to be engaged by AdkAction.org to help inform the important community discussions now unde way exploring shared service opportunities between the Saranac Lake Central and Lake Placid Central school districts," Jaime Saunders, CGR associate director, said in a press release from AdkAction.org.
Saunders said her organization has conducted more than 50 shared services studies for municipalities, school districts and nonprofits in the past six years.
"We will offer lessons learned from our experience and provide examples that show how other communities work together to respond to common challenges and opportunities," she said.
CGR's presentation will outline shared services concepts, describe how other communities have gone about sharing services and focus on areas the two districts can explore. The consultants will also deliver a summary of initial data they've received from the two districts.
AdkAction.org is funding the $3,500 cost of the study. Both school boards endorsed the idea after it was offered by Dave Wolff, AdkAction.org chairman.
"This will not be one of the in-depth studies CGR has done around the state and nation, but we believe it will provide useful input to the local joint shared services committees and help inform community discussions," Woff said in the release. "CGR will not make specific recommendations, but will share what it has learned and also provide a high-level summary of its initial analysis of data received from the Saranac Lake and Lake Placid school districts. The intent of this high-level analysis of the local districts' data is to provide a common reference point for further deliberations."
Wolff said the districts could pursue state grant funding for a more in-depth shared services study.