OTSEGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – In December of 2021, both the Worcester and Schenevus Central School Districts voted on whether or not to merge, and while the vote passed in Worcester, the Schenevus community did not vote to approve for their district to be annexed to Worcester. The Schenevus community voted one last time on the potential annex. The merger was voted down again with 472 voting no and only 213 voting yes. The Worcester Superintendent says this is the outcome he expected.

“After the first time the numbers are almost the same. Percentages are almost the same the numbers are really close, so it didn’t really come as a big surprise,” said Tim Gonzales, Worcester District Superintendent.

The February 15 vote is the last chance for this potential merger.

“If there was to be another vote there would have to be another study conducted both communities would have to come up with a merger committee. Like we did in the past we would have to get together and spend the time going through the data again that doesn’t sound like that is anywhere in the near future,” said Gonzales.

the proposal to annex Schenevus to the Worcester district was originally proposed as a solution for financial issues in the Schenevus District. Eyewitness News reached out to their district superintendent for comment on where they will go from here, but have not received a response.