Brocton-Westfield athletics continuing for another school year

BROCTON – All Brocton-Westfield combined sports programs officially have the green light to continue for another year.

The Brocton Board of Education, during a meeting on Wednesday, unanimously approved a one-year interscholastic athletic sharing agreement extension to renew the merged teams, clearing the final hurdle for their continuation. Westfield’s school board accepted the agreement on Monday.

Brocton and Westfield share football, girls volleyball, boys and girls soccer and bowling. Westfield will provide head coaches for soccer and football, while Brocton should supply them for bowling and volleyball. Brocton will also hire an assistant coach for football.

“We’re just very excited we can continue to share our sports,” Brocton Superintendent John Hertlein said. “I know we still have some differences on how we’d like to have it run, but we’re glad it’s going to run. We will be able to compete because we’re joining our numbers together.”

Board President Douglas Walter agreed, adding he believes the two schools are a “perfect fit” for sharing sports.

For the first time in the football program, the schools will split the number of home games equally, with two at Westfield and two at Brocton. The first playoff game, if applicable, should be hosted by Westfield, with the second one at Brocton. Both schools will also have their own homecoming.

While a neutral-colored football jersey is not in the agreement, Brocton is moving forward with new jerseys that may incorporate both school colors, blue and green, into the uniform. The color and design should be finalized sometime today, when officials from the two schools meet to discuss it.

“Next year, we’re hoping it will be a neutral color,” Hertlein pointed out. “At this point though, Brocton has to buy new jerseys since our numbers don’t match up with Westfield’s, so we have to do something (since half the home games will now be played at Brocton).”

This upcoming school year will be the third year of the combined football program. The two schools will split costs for all shared programs 50/50, roughly.

Also during the meeting, Jane Gens was recalled from the preferred eligibility list, effective Sept. 2, to assume the full-time position of tenured elementary physical education teacher, which is being vacated due to a retirement.

Board member Michael Riforgiato voted “nay” on the measure.

The board entered into executive session to discuss the employment history of two specific employees.

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