Northville, Mayfield merger proposal moves forward

NORTHVILLE – Voters in the Northville Central School District voted Tuesday to allow a proposal to merge with the Mayfield Central School District to move forward.

In a 307-199 vote, residents approved a “straw vote” on the proposed merger. The approval means the proposal can go to a binding vote in the fall.

Northville voters rejected the proposal in a straw vote last year, but the district put the plan up for a second vote after receiving petitions from the public. Mayfield school voters approved the straw vote last year.

“This is great day for children in both school districts and this is great for the future too,” said James Beirlein, president of the Northville school board.

He said he thinks voters approved the straw vote this time because people had more information and clear facts about the proposal. He said the turnout was 25 percent lower than it was in last year’s vote.

More on this story will appear in Wednesday’s print and online editions.