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October 27, 2013

By LARRY McFADDEN I’m writing in regard to the negative vote on the Westfield-Brocton merger vote....

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Oct-29-13 7:06 AM

the solution is so obvious it will elude the libs, while the libs tilt at global warming or fracking. If the population of chautauqua county is < 200,000, then there cant be over 25,000 kids.. Have just one district, with 4 branches for teams and such. Ken ton did this till the 70's when enrollment started to drop from 25,000 to around 7000 or so. Does anyone think that enrollment will climb when the private sector is closing places ? Are the people in chautauqua county that naive ? you gotta be. It should be easy to make a prediction based on recorded births, what the kid level will be, say in 5 years or so. Saying comments by bulldog are useless. They give the impression libs are stupid people, which indeed they are. The districts are leftovers from the horse and buggy days.

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Oct-27-13 10:33 AM

Why Fredonia voted yes is a mystery. Brocton is desperate but yet they demand their building is kept open. If Brocton really wants to do what is "best for the children" close your school and distribute your students to other schools. If Fredonia revisits Brocton they are crazy. But it could be a boost for their sports complex. Which I'm sure the big egos will push through. A merger with any two schools and keeping them both open will never succeed long term. Mayville/Chautauqua is now in the same boat as everyone else!!!!! Wake up people really do the right thing for the children and merge more than two schools and close buildings!!!! Cut unnecessary staffing and change your spending habits!!!!!

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Oct-27-13 8:34 AM

I heard the gang of 10 who did all the investigative work were composed all some of the most influential and brightest people in Westfield. Business owners, lawyers, professionals and such. From what I know they did everything on their own time and spent their own money. Why is someone from Brocton complaining about what a group does in Westfield. Worry about your own groups like S.O.S>save our school which got out the no vote in the Brocton-Fredonia merger. Why wasn't a word about that merger mentioned in this article. Sour grapes I say.

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Oct-27-13 8:09 AM

Bulldog has a valid point. At least Fredonia voted yes. They understood the opportunities for students. Would Mr. McFadden be willing to consider revisiting a Fredonia? It is an excellent school district, and closer to Brocton in more ways than one.

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Oct-27-13 7:56 AM

bulldong gets confuses again. hey bukldog, what are we suppoosed to do when enrollment further declines and it will ? Keep the schools open with 500 or less kids? people like you bulldog are pretty much useless on the world/local scene. we could have just one district with four groups for the points of the compass. The county is very small with population declining.So bulldog, instead of your sarcastic qiups, like cronig, we like it that, what will you offer as the decline speeds upand continues. A raise for the teachers ?

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Oct-27-13 7:48 AM

I hope you were equally as upset when Brocton voted down the merger with Fredonia.

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