WESTFIELD - Gary Planty, a representative from the Brocton Central School District, had his homework attached with two colored paperclips. One was green, Brocton's color, and the other blue, Westfield's.
"I wasn't sure which paperclip to use," he said, "so I decided to use both."
Planty's quip represented the dilemma the committee members and the larger community faces if it approves a merger - how to keep as many of the good things as possible, save money and forge a new identity.
The district advisory committee looking into the possibility of the centralization of the Brocton and Westfield school districts met recently after the Boards of Education from Brocton and Westfield met jointly.
This was the fifth and final meeting for the committee of 24 - 12 from each district. It was held in the large group instruction room at Westfield. Meetings have alternated between districts. Seven members of Brocton's representatives and 10 of Westfield's attended the last meeting.