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Brocton Board of Education backs Westfield, Fredonia sports mergers

February 19, 2016
By Amanda Dedie ( , Westfield Republican

BROCTON - The Brocton Central School Board of Education officially made the motion to combine forces with the Westfield Academy and Central School and Fredonia Central School athletic programs to make interscholastic sports teams.

While the situation has been reported on, nothing was deemed official on Brocton's end until the Wednesday night Board of Education meeting, where a unanimous vote made the merger official.

The teams involved in the merger are junior varsity and varsity football, modified and varsity girls soccer, modified and varsity boys soccer and junior varsity and varsity girls volleyball. As for right now, it has been determined that Westfield will host the boys and girls soccer teams, and Brocton will host the girls volleyball teams.

There is no word yet on which school will host the football teams.

"This maybe will open the door to sharing other things - not just sports. We share bus services, we share education, but maybe we can do a little more,"said Superintendent Jason Delcamp.

In other news, the Brocton Central School pool facilities are open to the public for use (through reservation) for birthday parties. So far, there have been 18 parties scheduled and so far, the plan is going off without a hitch.

"We're hoping hosting birthday parties will bring families in ... Our facility is being used. We've received very positive comments not only about the facility, but about the staff working the birthday parties for those families. We've had a lot of social media buzz about what our facilities have to offer," said Doug Walter, president of the Board of Education.

Next, the BOCES Bond Resolution for Capital Project has been passed. A total of $387,231 general obligation bonds were issued to pay the Brocton Central School District's share of the cost of capital improvements to existing BOCES facilities. The total payout from BOCES to improve upon current BOCES structures is estimated to be a maximum of $25 million. The project was put through to a vote and approved, 4-2.

Discussed at the meeting was an increase in hourly wages for substitute bus drivers of the district. The vote passed, and substitute bus drivers now make $14 an hour.

Also, there are two vacant spots available on the Board of Education. Petitions to run for a seat on the Board will be available on March 1.

Finally, middle school student Audrey Stresing and high school student Kiri Austin were awarded "Student of the Month," for February.



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