BROCTON - The Brocton and Westfield school districts held another public hearing concerning the consolidation of the districts. There will be one final opportunity for the public to attend a public hearing on the issue. It will take place in the Brocton auditorium on May 16 at 7 p.m.
At the second public hearing, more people asked questions or offered opinions than at the first hearing. About 50 people attended, most of whom were administrators, board members or members of the advisory committee.
Brocton Board of Education President Thomas DeJoe welcomed the audience. He said, "We want to make sure we are on the same page, and make sure there is no misinformation out there."
Superintendents David Davison of Westfield and John Hertlein of Brocton reviewed the recommendations of the consultant group and the questions asked at the first hearing. One item that Hertlein emphasized was if the centralization took place 40 percent of the Operating Incentive Aid is recommended to be put toward lowering taxes. The aid, paid over 14 years, would be about $25 million.