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‘For the children’

Communities come together to discuss merger vote

October 3, 2013

WESTFIELD — One message was clear during a community informational session on Wednesday about the proposed merger between Brocton Central School and Westfield Academy and Central School: This is for......

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Oct-03-13 6:22 AM

How come there was very little written in this article about all those who spoke against the merger?

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Oct-03-13 6:24 AM

Westfeild Residents: For the real facts on the merger go to FACEBOOK and type in:

The Real Facts for the Westfield-Brocton Merger

Know the facts before you vote.

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Oct-03-13 7:05 AM

Heard they talked about contracts last night. Also heard that they keep the contracts they have until another one is signed by both the teachers and the school. I guess this lays to rest the fact that someone brought up about contracts. I wonder how much money the teachers will be asking for since there will be 25 MILLION DOLLARS in incentive aid available. Vote this merger down.

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Oct-03-13 7:09 AM

You can believe one thing from this article. When they say it's for the children you can bet it's anything but for the children.

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Oct-03-13 7:54 AM

how is it libs, we all lack facts before making a decision. Whether it be climate change, the economy, etc, we are advised to get facts. Those facts many times just happen to be liberal in nature. How can anyone be against merging districts in the face of population losses ? Should we keep schools open for a handful of students ? Is that what the anti merger forces want ? that makes no sense.

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Oct-03-13 9:47 AM

If it was truly for the "children" you would put away the egos and close which ever school is not really necessary. This would cut administration, staff and maintenance on the building. The other thing you would do is freeze all salaries and benefits. Really cut expenses to the bone. Then it would be for the "children". All you are doing if this merger is approved is kicking the can down the road. A perfect example is Mayville/Chautauqua. Like it or not it did not solve anything long term. They are rowing the same boat everyone else is.

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Oct-03-13 1:23 PM

this is just wrong for Westfield

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Oct-03-13 1:31 PM

I certainly beg to differ on the fact that Chautauqua Lake is in the same boat. Their tax base is obviously helped by having Chautauqua Inst, however, they have lost population as well, and are in much better shape financially than either Westfield or Brocton. You have to realize also that by merging these two districts, we will be one step closer to a regional high school, which was just in discussions one year ago. Vote YES to the merger!!!

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Oct-03-13 1:36 PM

Hey Bill, your facts are actually biased statements that have absolutely no evidence to back. Maybe you should run for school board if you have all the answers to the district's problems???

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Oct-03-13 1:52 PM

CLCS spent all of the incentive aid and the dollars from the sale of three properties and needs Ripley or anyone else they can get to help them out because they are broke. In the 2012-2013 school year C Lake had about the same number of students Westfield had in their building and C Lake spent 5 million dollars MORE to educate the same number of students!

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Oct-03-13 2:06 PM

uhtbk, that is completely false.

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Oct-03-13 2:28 PM

Proconserv, you are wrong, there is nothing wrong with the Westfield school or its budget. It will be good until at least 2020. I for one have been hearing the doom story for years. In fact go back to the 80's and 90's and the story was the same. Didn't happen then will not happen in the future. Vote No.

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Oct-03-13 2:33 PM

Numbers came from an article in the observer at the time showing all of the schools tax levies and aid.

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Oct-03-13 2:36 PM

Proconserv, put down that beer and tell us what is not right about it????

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Oct-03-13 2:39 PM

How many businesses did pete holt run into the ground before he got lucky with hanna holt? Do you remember when he was a planner for Westfield in the 1970's. He didn't know what he was doing then. Didn't years ago he had a store I believe, what else has he run into the ground? He couldn't manage his own business much less be giving advice to real business people.

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Oct-03-13 8:14 PM

Whenever public ED (teachers, BOEs, admins, etc) want something, the same old rallying cry ("it's for the children") is repeated. Been hearing this for well over 30 yrs! High taxes are directly related to business closings and population decline.

Elected officials are clueless and public ED employees are no better. They are ruining entire communities by repeatedly using the kids as pawns, property owners as dupes, and chasing away what few private sector jobs are left.

Don't believe me?...look at the results.

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Oct-04-13 7:49 AM

Want to talk transportation, go talk to the people in Ripley. Have heard the pickup and travel times to Chautauqua lake are running 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours. They were told no longer then 1 hour. How is that working for you Ripley?

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Oct-04-13 7:52 AM

I, like Westfieldres are still waiting for Proconserv to reply to what is not true about UHGTBK comments. That is what happens folks. People like Proconcerv and the pro-merger people put something up, open their mouth but have no facts. Vote no on this merger!

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Oct-04-13 7:54 AM

This isn't about the children, its about sucking 25 million more from the NY State taxpayers and not changing one thing.

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