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Advisory committee asked for more help, advice on merger


May 8, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - Brocton Westfield Advisory Committee members, who thought their meetings were finished, were asked by the Brocton and Westfield boards of education to meet one more time. That meeting took place in mid April.

At issue was recommendation 23 of the feasibility study prepared by the Western New York Educational Service Corporation, which deals with the merged school district's use of existing buildings for instructional purposes. The consultants recommended a three phase multi-year plan to use parts of both buildings initially and then move into a single building.

At a joint meeting of the boards on April 11, no member of either board seemed comfortable with that recommendation. In addition to worry about the initial configuration, no board member favored constructing a new building in the third phase. The third phase of the recommendation calls for modifying one of the current buildings to house all district students or building a new school midway between the two districts.

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Photo by Diane R. Chodan
Sixteen of 24 members of the Brocton Westfield advisory committee attended a meeting at the request of the Brocton and Westfield boards of education. Here the members are shown responding in writing to a question about how the schools should be initially configured in a merged district.

Board members turned to the advisory committee recognizing that this was the group that studied the issue, and asked for their thoughts on the recommendation.

Although advisory committee members had given the consultants background information and discussed the building configuration at one of the meetings, they did not craft the recommendation.



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