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Split Decision Ends Merger

Westfield Votes Against Merger With Brocton

October 10, 2013

WESTFIELD — The proposed merger between Brocton Central School and Westfield Academy and Central School has officially been defeated by voters in Westfield’s distric....

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ccmom3

Oct-12-13 8:35 PM

This decision is a very difficult one for those of us who live in either Westfield or Brocton. It is the children we are thinking of here. It is difficult to trust either side when both have gone to great lengths to hide certain information. They want it to pass, so they only tell you what they think will make you vote "yes". Also, Brocton was given the opportunity to merge with Fredonia a few years ago, and voted it down. Neither town wants to lose their identity by closing their school. This is a very emotional decision that cannot be made lightly, however the scare tactics that are being used are completely uncalled for. I know honesty is not common for any political group, but it would be nice if we were provided with accurate information on which to base the decision.

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beastblock

Oct-11-13 4:03 PM

of not off sorry

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beastblock

Oct-11-13 4:02 PM

Do some off the people in Westfield think their better then Brocton ????

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PleaseWakeUp

Oct-10-13 3:30 PM

Now, Poltically. What is the party demographics of Westfield?

Just wondering.

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PleaseWakeUp

Oct-10-13 3:29 PM

uhgtbk, thank you for your insight and I do understand your concerns, but honestly (from a distance) This is plain selfishness on your part and the No voters of Westfield.

Look at the success of Mayville/Chautauqua and Cattaraugus/Little Valley.

People keep talking about smaller and smaller government and here was your chance to maintain some control for future generations.

Westfield, you didn't vote no for yourself, You voted NO to your childrens better education.

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proconserv

Oct-10-13 3:16 PM

BIG MISTAKE! Bill's facts are all wrong, and he and his ilk used a mailing to throw people off.

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retiredbill

Oct-10-13 1:14 PM

Lies and scare tactics.

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retiredbill

Oct-10-13 1:14 PM

factsout, like what the state is going to have you merge with someone from buffalo? The state has more pressing decisions then a mini merger between Westfield and Brocton. Look at the Buffalo school district for example, its nearly 1 billion dollars. I think cleaning that up would come first. Scare tactics is all you hear from the pro merger people.

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retiredbill

Oct-10-13 1:11 PM

Listen up, we spend about $25,000 per student per year now. $25,000! How much more do you want to screw the taxpayer? Westfield voted no because the truth came out. Bad all around for Westfield.

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factsout

Oct-10-13 9:21 AM

It's a real shame that people are not thinking about the students education in this. If you look at both schools, Brocton just completed a capital project which upgraded it's classrooms, pool, ect. Westfield school needs a lot of updating. I thought it was a no brainer. At least the people in Brocton were thinking of their children. When the state steps in there won't be the luxury of chosing who you merge with.

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Orangeman

Oct-10-13 9:06 AM

maybe Brockton should approach Fredonia and see if they can merge with them.

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Orangeman

Oct-10-13 9:05 AM

maybe Brockton should approach Fredonia and see if they can merge with them.

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askwhy

Oct-10-13 8:32 AM

Thanks for the insight and back round on this vote. Too bad PJ could not put this information in the article, it would have explained a lot. This merger seemed like a no brainer in the big picture of the need for school mergers to save money, but as we now know the devil is in the details.

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Orangeman

Oct-10-13 8:28 AM

I can't believe how dumb some people are, I guess those in Westfield only want the benefit of merging the sports teams.

Maybe Gov. Cuomo, will have the good sense, to merge all small class D schools, since the people dont have the sense to.

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proconserv

Oct-10-13 8:27 AM

As a Westfield school tax payer, I am just sick to my stomach with the decision of uniformed voters whose main interest in this deal is to have as much of a savings as the Brocton tax payers. This decision WILL affect our children's future, and I certainly hope you can either live with many programs cut and/or much higher taxes....because you can't have your cake and eat it too. BTW, if you couldn't tell, I voted YES Brocton.

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uhgtbk

Oct-10-13 8:26 AM

(con't) Due to the inequities in property value between the two districts Westfield taxpayers would wind up covering two thirds of all of the bills. Brocton has over 30 million dollars in debt and it has yet to be determined how much of that is state aided. And, the study indicated that Westfield’s building be closed and all students housed in the Brocton facility. That would have had a horrible impact on the village business’ of which Westfield has many. These are just a couple of reasons why some of the Westfield people may have thought to vote no. I believe there are many more.

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uhgtbk

Oct-10-13 8:25 AM

Madman. How nice of you to ask rather than bash. First off it would NOT have improved programming or opportunities by much for the Westfield students. Westfield high school students would have had increased busing and none of the costs were factored into the study. For Westfield, there was little projected tax savings. In fact it was quite likely they would have had a tax increase. It was discovered during merge talks after 9 months of stonewalling taxpayers’ requests for information that Brocton had established an illegal child safety zone. They owe the state about $90K (of which Westfield taxpayers would have to pay about two-thirds of the bill). They still don’t know what the proper reimbursement is.

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madman

Oct-10-13 6:58 AM

I am just curious as to some of the reasons to vote no to this proposal?

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nonfiction

Oct-10-13 6:43 AM

"New York state has designed the centralization process to hinge on the will of the communities"

This won't last long. NYS will bring the stick not the carrot to this issue soon enough. I don't think Westfield can run without any state aid.

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