Why is it even necessary to discuss a merger?

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Student enrollment in both Arkport and Canaseraga has steadily declined in recent years, and that trend is expected to continue. Since the 2012-13 school year, the number of Arkport students has decreased by more than 11 percent, and Canaseraga’s student population has dipped by about 4 percent. Dwindling enrollment impacts the amount of financial aid a district receives from the state, which can lead to hard decisions: Reduce the educational program or increase local property taxes? Both Arkport and Canaseraga have had to endure painful budget cuts over the past 10 to 15 years.