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Brocton, Westfield discuss football

The Brocton Central School Board on Thursday night voted to collaborate with the Westfield Central School District on joint junior varsity and varsity football teams in 2011-12.

Superintendent John Hertlein noted that Westfield approached Brocton about the venture. The Westfield Board of Education will vote on the venture when it meets next week.

Brocton board member David Hazelton asked Hertlein if the two districts might also consider a joint track team. Hertlein noted that proposition had been raised by Westfield officials.

The two districts plan to continue talks, officials said.

Brocton, Westfield, Ripley and Chautauqua Lake officials will discuss collaborative efforts on programming and cost-sharing when they meet at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 at Chautauqua Lake Central School in Mayville.

In other matters:

*There will be an open house at Brocton Central School from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 18 on a district proposal to seek state grant money to make repairs to the school building. A presentation on the proposal will be held in the cafeteria. Tours of the building also will be provided.

*Hertlein said he will entertain questions from the public from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Bread Basket on Main Street. He also plans another public meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Tri-Church, Brocton.

*Hertlein said there are a total of 707 students in the district -- 596 in the Brocton school building. The remaining students participate in other programs at other schools or locations, such as St. Mary's School for the Deaf and BOCES. He also noted that 26 students are being home-schooled.

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