A sense of optimism came from the Brocton "town hall" meeting at the school in regard to the possible merger with Westfield.
That tone is needed to continue, especially when hearing the dire news of the school's finances from its Superintendent John Hertlein. During the discussion, Hertlein said the district will be in the red $139,000 in 2013-14 and $751,000 by 2014-15.
In other words, the current school is not sustainable.
"We are not going to solve all the problems here tonight," district resident Michael Felsman said. "The things we have shared with Westfield have gone well. I am open to the idea (of consolidation)."
If you missed the meeting, your voice is welcome. The e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org will allow residents to enter questions or comments.