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Focusing on centralization feasibility

November 21, 2012
By DIANE R. CHODAN ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Thursday, Nov. 8 was a day to focus.

Consultants from Western New York Educational Service Council presented information and asked questions of a number of people in connection with the feasibility study for centralizing the Brocton and Westfield school districts. Participants met based on what group represented them - senior citizens, students, parents and boosters, for example.

The essential question for the consultants to answer in their study is "Will creating a new school district via the merger process in New York state provide enhanced or maintained educational opportunities and at the same time increase long term efficiencies and lower costs for the taxpayers of both Brocton Central School District and Westfield Academy and Central School?" In other words, will a merger help the schools provide the students with a better selection of classes and extra-curricular activities (or at least prevent more cuts) while lowering operating costs and taxes?

The consultants had already conducted a number of focus groups in Westfield. The process is the same for all groups with the exception of students who are asked questions geared to their status and interests.

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