BROCTON - The devil may be in the details.
The discussions about the merger of Brocton and Westfield school districts are just beginning. Those attending the joint meeting of the school boards on Thursday, April 11 seemed to agree that merger is an economic necessity.
The meeting was open to the public and offered an opportunity for public comment.
While the first recommendation of the study is for a merger, which means the process can proceed, the report makes 22 other recommendations. Superintendents John Hertlein from Brocton and David Davison from Westfield took turns outlining the recommendations in the report on consolidation prepared by the Western New York Educational Service Council and released on March 20.
Dr. David O'Rourke, Erie 2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES District Superintendent, stepped in to facilitate the boards' discussion of the report. He asked what recommendations gave the members of the two boards of education pause. The members of the boards seemed most uncomfortable with the recommendation concerning housing the students.