WESTFIELD - At the first of four public hearings on the feasibility of the consolidation of the Brocton and Westfield districts on Tuesday, April 30, Brocton Superintendent John Hertlein explained both boards of education accepted 22 of the recommendations made by the consultants in their nearly 300-page report.
This means both boards want to go ahead with the next steps in the merger.
However, recommendation 23, which deals with the building use and the organization of grades, was modified. The boards want to start the new district with pre-kindergarten through fifth grade housed in the current buildings.
The middle school, grades six through eight, would be housed at Westfield while the high school, grades nine through 12, would be housed in the building in Brocton.
According to Hertlein, the boards were interested in keeping the elementary students closer to their current district. On the other hand, the boards were not interested in constructing a new building, one of the possibilities mentioned in recommendation 23. The recommendation was a three-step process.
Hertlein explained to those attending the public meeting the boards have the option of changing the recommendation and the change would allow for much better use of the facilities.