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Meeting to map consolidation study

A public meeting will be held at Fredonia High School near the end of this month, at a date and time to be announced shortly, to appoint a consultant to prepare a centralization feasibility study of the Brocton and Fredonia Central School Districts, it was learned at Thursday night's Brocton Board of Education meeting.

Both boards will attend the meeting, as will Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES District Superintendent Robert Guiffreda.

Upon appointment of the consultant, the two boards will hold a work session to begin the initial stages of the study. The appointment of the consultant is a culmination of several meetings between the two school boards over the past month.

The two school boards have been asked by their taxpayers to consider a merger of the two districts due to rising costs and declining enrollments.

In other business, the board approved interested Brocton 8th-graders' participation in the Fredonia Middle School's Quest Program.

Each May for the past 21 years, a group of 60 to 100 Fredonia 8th-graders have hiked 50 miles over the course of four days, with backpacks and camping gear, to learn respect for nature and themselves. This year the Fredonia district has invited Brocton students to join in the outdoor educational program.

Students in the 6th- through 12th-grade classes at Brocton held a mock U.S. presidential election. Barack Obama outpolled John McCain, 182-106.

The board meets again in regular session at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the high school conference room.

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