WESTFIELD – The Westfield and Brocton school districts will not be merging.
Voters in Westfield on Wednesday defeated the proposition to merge the districts by a 718-507 vote.
Brocton voters favored the merger with a vote of 643-74.
The proposition had to pass in both districts for the merger to proceed.
“This process has involved hundreds of people and thousands of hours,” said David Davison, superintendent of Westfield Academy and Central School.
“I would like to thank everyone who participated over the last 14 months, the advisory committee, the focus groups and everyone who attended the community meetings or read information for their time and efforts on behalf of our children,” he said.
He added, “New York State has designed the centralization process to hinge on the will of the communities. Tonight’s defeat of the binding referendum reflects the will of the Westfield community. In the days ahead we must work together to provide the best educational opportunities possible for our children.”
The merger plans have been discussed in both districts for more than 18 months.
“Obviously, I am very disappointed,” said Brocton Superintendent John Hertlein.
He said both districts have economic problems that could have improved with the merger.
Hertlein said the Brocton Board of Education will meet today to discuss the district’s future.
The combined district would have included about 900 students.
The two districts already field a football team made up of players from both high schools.