By BRIANNA PRICE
The Chautauqua County school districts are having trouble with money and many extra-curricular activities are being cut.
With the extra-curricular cuts, sports are the first to go. The solution that has been proposed to solve this problem is to merge school districts.
In 2009 Fredonia Central School and Brocton Central School discussed merging school districts. That same year a ballot to further discuss the merger was voted upon by both school districts. Fredonia passed the merger 1,281 to 665 and Brocton voted against the merger 882 to 469.
However, even though the Brocton community voted against merging with Fredonia, they still asked to participate in Fredonia sports.
This year Brocton and Westfield school districts have decided to discuss merging with each other. Their students now participate as mixed district sports teams with each other. Fredonia and Brocton have already spent a large amount of money to complete a feasibility study, which was later defeated by Brocton.
Now Brocton is going to spend even more money on a completely new feasibility study with Westfield, leaving Fredonia completely out of the picture.
Recently, Westfield asked if a couple of their students could participate on Fredonia's indoor track and field team. Fredonia is being looked to for sports and forgotten about for anything else.
In my opinion this is not fair for Fredonia, because their school district is being asked to help other school districts with their sports when Fredonia is still a district in need and is being left out of any type of merger plans.
Brianna E. Price is a Fredonia resident.