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Correction: School Merger story

February 26, 2019

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In a story Feb. 25 about a commission that’s studying school district efficiency, The Associated Press reported erroneously a merger of two schools would save the school district $2.8 million. The $2.8 million in savings applies to a larger proposal, not just the school merger.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Portland schools say a proposed merger could save millions

Portland schools have created a commission to search for more efficient ways to save the school district money

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland schools have created a commission to search for more efficient ways to save the school district money.

The Enrollment and Facility Study Commission says a new proposal that includes merging Portland and Deering schools would result in a one-time savings of $2.8 million. WGME-TV reports a public hearing for the recommendation is set for Tuesday evening at Casco Bay High School.

School officials say the merger would combine Portland High School and Deering High School for grades 10 to 12, and one of the high schools would convert to a junior high school for grades seven to nine.

Casco Bay High School would remain the same under the merger plan.