Brocton and Westfield boards of educa...

Brocton and Westfield boards of education meet

There are 89 comments on the Observer story from Apr 26, 2012, titled Brocton and Westfield boards of education meet. In it, Observer reports that:

The Westfield and Brocton boards of education came to neutral ground Wednesday night at the LoGuidice Center in Fredonia to take the first step toward a merger of the two districts.

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Anonymous

Elmira, NY

#1 May 2, 2012
Its about freakin time.... This was the merger that should have been going on instead of the Fredonia Fiasco.
Jamison

Dunkirk, NY

#2 May 3, 2012
If taxes aren't reduced it will never fly!
Phil

Fredonia, NY

#3 May 4, 2012
Jamison wrote:
If taxes aren't reduced it will never fly!
Agreed.

There has to be some financial benefit or why even do it?
mad bulldog

Waverly, NY

#4 May 5, 2012
It's funny how two years ago everyone was against the merger now everyone wants to merge including the new board members. We get to pay for another study. Make up your minds up. People behave differently when they have to do something rather than spout off. Not as easy as you thought huh
Jamison

Dunkirk, NY

#5 May 5, 2012
Once again, if there is not a reduction in school taxes, all the studies in the world won't get this through.
Anonymous

Elmira, NY

#6 May 5, 2012
Jamison wrote:
Once again, if there is not a reduction in school taxes, all the studies in the world won't get this through.
The issue at this point is not taxes. Both Brocton and Westfield are going to choose who to dance with. The State of New York is very verbal in their contention that smaller schools will merge or they will merge or dissolve schools they way they see fit. So either you merge or you will have no choice what happens to the future of your school. Brocton never wanted to "dance" with Fredonia and the people who attended the first meeting to discuss merging with another school district all know that the meeting was not a meeting but a carefully scripted production of certain individuals speaking from a script to try to get Fredonia on the table and remove Westfield from the discussion. Attempts to get the Board to turn toward Westfield were thwarted as the intent was to force a merger with a school district that nobody wanted. Everyone present left the meeting scratching their heads wondering how on earth did Fredonia even get in the discussion when they all had expected to hear Westfield as the choice and intended to discuss Westfield. The former superintendent was clueless about the community he was representing and did his utmost best to destroy the entire community while he was employed at the district. Had he not retired he never would have been renewed as the superintendent as the board of education has been totally changed to one that reflects the will of the community and there was enough power to remove him. Making broad statements without the facts and knowledge of the will of the community and the strong-arming of the state is not helpful. Brocton will never take the risk that the school would be closed and the children split between Westfield and Fredonia just as Westfield would not take the risk that their school would be closed and their students sent to Chautauqua Lake...they will merge.
Jamison

Dunkirk, NY

#7 May 5, 2012
Chautauqua County is one of the highest taxed counties in the nation. If the districts are given 20 million dollars in incentive aid and none of it trickles down to the tax payer in the way of reductions, I would stand by my original statement and say that the merger would not happen. As far as the State coming in and forcing a merger....That, too, will never happen. The State has been threatening that for years. We're still waiting.
abcd

Dewittville, NY

#8 May 5, 2012
nothing is a sure bet this is the problem with our great state spend money on a study and do nothing just merge westfield brocton and ripley and be done with it it will save some money but dont expect huge savings it will give our children a better education with more options the state will force these issues sooner or later get off of the stuck up noses in the air and merge the 3 school and get on with life
Jamison

Dunkirk, NY

#9 May 6, 2012
I always hear the argument that students will have better options if the schools merge. Just what are these better options? Again, if there is nothing in it for the taxpayer (who I might add is footing the bill) in the way of a significant tax reduction, this merger will be dead on arrival.
Anonymous

Elmira, NY

#10 May 6, 2012
The letters currently from the state to each district have deadlines for action and they are no longer suggesting anything. Mergers are going to happen starting next year by the hand of the state if the communities do not take on the process themselves.
Portland

Danvers, MA

#11 May 6, 2012
As I remember, the newer board members were against the fredonia merger, but wanted to look towards Westfield originally. That is what the community wanted, and the public meeting where allegedly fredonia was picked was a farce. Only a select picked fredonia, including the fredonia principal. The merger money if this happens can be used to keep taxes low and provide programs. Isn't that what it's about " the kids"...
Jamison

Dunkirk, NY

#12 May 6, 2012
It is about the kids.....to a point. It's also about the taxpayer. The taxpayer wants a piece of the 20 million dollar incentive aid. Hence, reduction in taxes or it's a no go.
Stig

Elkland, PA

#13 May 6, 2012
. . . and then the new Westfield/Brocton district will be merged by the state into Fredonia. The End.
BroPom

Fredonia, NY

#15 May 6, 2012
Am I going to have to send my kid to Westfield now when Fredonia is just a few minutes away? They should re-draw the district line, Westfield is to far away for me!
cbb

Dunkirk, NY

#16 May 7, 2012
All of the money will go to the union members.
Anonymous

Elmira, NY

#17 May 7, 2012
Stig wrote:
... and then the new Westfield/Brocton district will be merged by the state into Fredonia. The End.
....or the Fredonia school will be consolidated with Dunkirk as they are similar communities in the same way Brocton and Westfield are.
Games

Dunkirk, NY

#18 May 7, 2012
The state isn't going to merge any school district, that is a scare tactic. In fact the state could care less, they are giving the districts aid and its up to the local BOE to figure it out. If the BOEs can't cut it call the state and the state will step and and annex you. Stop the lies.
Games

Dunkirk, NY

#19 May 7, 2012
The fact is the Westfield-Ripley merger and the Fredonia-Brocton merger were voted against by Westfield and then Brocton BECAUSE OF THE LIES. The truth is the BOEs and those for the mergers put information which is not true out to the public then when they are caught in the lie no one believes them any more. Just stop the lies. If there are no REAL SAVINGS for the taxpayer then just say that. Don't get caught making stuff up as you go along.
May

Dunkirk, NY

#20 May 7, 2012
Games wrote:
The fact is the Westfield-Ripley merger and the Fredonia-Brocton merger were voted against by Westfield and then Brocton BECAUSE OF THE LIES. The truth is the BOEs and those for the mergers put information which is not true out to the public then when they are caught in the lie no one believes them any more. Just stop the lies. If there are no REAL SAVINGS for the taxpayer then just say that. Don't get caught making stuff up as you go along.
All the information the community needed to have was available to them. Ripley and Fredonia recognized the benefits that a centralization would have brought to the entire community and passed the vote to continue the study. Westfield voted no primarily because of the lack of tax benefit. Brocton voted no because the study said that the Fredonia schools were big enough to taken in all of the students. Real savings could only be found by closing a school. The only lies from the study were the ones the S.O.S. group made up to scare Brocton.
Anonymous

Elmira, NY

#21 May 7, 2012
May wrote:
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All the information the community needed to have was available to them. Ripley and Fredonia recognized the benefits that a centralization would have brought to the entire community and passed the vote to continue the study. Westfield voted no primarily because of the lack of tax benefit. Brocton voted no because the study said that the Fredonia schools were big enough to taken in all of the students. Real savings could only be found by closing a school. The only lies from the study were the ones the S.O.S. group made up to scare Brocton.
May, without the efforts of that group the lies would never have been revealed as SOS took due diligence seriously. The people from Brocton would have found out later on Fredonia had misspent money and intended to close their campus when it was too late to undo the process. How would you like to be lied to like that and have to deal with the consequences later? Well, we are so thankful we found out and spared ourselves the distress of an unexpected outcome.

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