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Board continues push for vote to run smoothly

September 9, 2013

BROCTON — While the consolidation vote for Brocton Central School and Westfield Academy and Central School gets closer with each passing day, several steps still need to be completed for everything......

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barcelona

Sep-09-13 8:07 AM

From what I have heard there are plenty of questions, STILL. Transportation costs have not been added or were not used correctly in the merger study. If merged and the WACS and Brocton superintendents are not used it would cost the taxpayers $400,000. At least one of them has to go, they both have contracts. Who is going to pay the hundreds of thousands of dollars in their guaranteed contracts?

WESTFIELD SCHOOL TAXES WILL GO UP!

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BillWestfieldNY

Sep-09-13 8:13 AM

If the merger passes it will be just a matter of time before the Westfield school closes up. I hope the residents of Westfield understand they will have a big closed up school sitting right in the middle of town. Another Portage Inn. Vote No.

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BillWestfieldNY

Sep-09-13 8:15 AM

Residents of Westfield need to do their homework on this one. Read the report, ask questions. Total transportation and other costs are not included in the study. I agree taxes will go up.

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teacherteacher

Sep-09-13 8:22 AM

This is another failed attempt (like the Brocton/Fredonia one) to solve problems that the local Board of Education has created.

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teacherteacher

Sep-09-13 8:23 AM

Notice how once they got the straw vote numbers they wanted they haven't had anymore meetings for the public or staff?

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WestfieldRes

Sep-09-13 8:42 AM

anyone notice how no one on the WACS board of education knows anything about the merger. ask them a questions and they don't know the answer. Why is that?

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Clowns

Sep-09-13 9:42 AM

Superintendent from Brocton has already stated he will be retiring once the merger goes through. Get a clue Barcelona.

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barcelona

Sep-09-13 9:59 AM

I do have a clue CLOWNS. The Brocton superintendent from what I understands has a guaranteed contract. That means he gets paid if the merger goes and he doesn't have to be working. That means he gets his guarantee pay of around $125,000 per year for the next 3 years whether he works or not. You get a clue.

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barcelona

Sep-09-13 10:01 AM

From my addition that means 3 years at $125,000 equals $375,000. The Brocton Superintendent says he doesn't want the merger superintendent job. Did he say he would cancel his contract and take no money. I never heard that.

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barcelona

Sep-09-13 10:03 AM

Add in the fact that the Westfield superintendent also has at least a year remaining on his contract at around $125,000. If they didn't hire either of those superintendents they would pay $375,000 plus another $125,000 for the Westfield superintendent. That equals $500,000.

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barcelona

Sep-09-13 10:06 AM

Why would the dumb Brocton board of education give their superintendent a new 3 year deal if he was going to RETIRE???????? Unless it was a gift for getting the merger done. In any case its a guaranteed contract. If the merger is approved the new district will be on the hook for his $375,000.

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bulldog10

Sep-09-13 10:24 AM

If this is true about the superintendent how much do you think the teachers are going to ask for in their upcoming contract talks?

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giambrone

Sep-09-13 10:45 AM

WHAT;

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commentor

Sep-09-13 1:16 PM

This merger will NEVER happen. It won't work long term anyway. If one building isn't closed and positions eliminated there will be no savings for anyone. How about expenses for both buildings are those added in. The contract will have to be honored or he can agree to a buyout. Good luck with that one.

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BillWestfieldNY

Sep-10-13 7:34 AM

Brocton owes 35 million dollars in debt. If merged with Westfield, Westfield taxpayers will have to help pay that off.

Brocton has an illegal safe zone for their children. All children get a bus ride in Brocton, Westfield kids have to walk to school. Is that fair?

Brocton taxpayers will get $30 in property tax relief to every $1 Westfield taxpayers get, is that fair?

Westfield BOE claims everything is just fine and will not delay the vote. With so many questions, WHY NOT?

Vote NO to the merger.

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ccmom3

Sep-11-13 1:23 AM

Same deal that Westfield would have had, if the last Ripley merger had gone through. Ripley had more debt, and would have gotten more benefits from the merger, HOWEVER Westfield would have pain more taxes...I voted NO, for that merger, and will be voting NO for the Brocton one as well

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ccmom3

Sep-11-13 1:24 AM

SORRY...PAID more taxes....

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medea777

Sep-14-13 7:30 AM

Westfield has a struggling, yet viable "downtown". Brocton's Main Street is a wreck. Westfield won't save money, kids will ride the bus longer, and we will still be paying for two or three superintendents. Why don't we see an article about the last Westfield School Board meeting? The few who want this are trying to keep the negative facts quiet. VOTE NO!

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