Brocton School officials may consider swimming program

BROCTON – Brocton Central School leaders may consider a merged competitive swimming program to provide the opportunity to its small student population.

During the public portion of a recent board of education meeting, resident Kelly DeJoe inquired about the status of possibly having a swim team for the 2014-15 school year, which her son Nicholas would be interested in joining.

“We put money for a swim program in the budget, but we’re not really sure if we’re going to have enough interest to run it,” Superintendent John Hertlein told DeJoe, pointing out a girls program would be more difficult to fill than a boys program since it is the same time as girls soccer and volleyball. “I know there is potential for a co-ed program, but I’d have to turn that over to the athletic director to investigate that, which we will do.”

Board member Thomas DeJoe pointed out Brocton could reach out to neighboring school districts to see if there is any interest in forming a multi-district swim team, possibly with Cassadaga Valley. Hertlein added if a shared program can become a reality, transportation costs would also have to be factored in.

“It would not be cost-ineffective to take a bus for three kids, so the transportation may have to be provided by the parents or something like that,” he said. “Students that are interested in swimming, though, should make sure our high school principal gets those names so we can plan ahead.”

Also during the meeting, board member Beth Jagoda asked about creating an enrichment program for students. Hertlein suggested Jagoda, as chair of the Student and Community Committee, look into forming some short- and long-term goals in making such a program a reality.

Hertlein announced the school collected about $1,700 from a recent surplus sale of excess materials, equipment and supplies.

The board entered into executive session to discuss negotiations with bus drivers.

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