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Team of consultants yet to decide if it backs Westfield, Brocton merger

February 6, 2013
By DIANE R. CHODAN ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - The verdict is not yet in as to whether the merger between the Brocton and Westfield school districts will go forward.

After focus groups, meetings and gathering data, the consultants now have to write the report. All four consultants from Western New York Educational Service Council (WNYESC), the team of consultants hired to conduct the feasibility study, say they have not drawn a conclusion yet.

Team leader Bob Christman explained, "It's like being on a jury. You listen to all the evidence before deciding on guilt or innocence. We have to stay objective; we trained ourselves to be."

The consultant group will meet Wednesday morning to begin discussing the data and the recommendations that will follow. The report will be about 100 pages long and not only recommend yes or no but also give suggestions for configuration of the district, staffing patterns, transportation and other items. The group will be writing its report between now and Feb. 15, when it is due at the State Education Department.



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