By Jennifer Weber

The Springville-Griffith Institute School Board voted to approve the proposed 2017-2018 budget in the amount of  $36,841,911 at the board meeting held on Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m.

Superintendent Kimberly Moritz noted that New York State granted a two month extension until June 1, to approve the State Budget for the upcoming year. She spoke on a phone call with Senator Gallivan, who said not to be concerned about an interruption in the flow of funding for the year and noted there would be no movement on the budget until the legislature is back in session on April 24.

Kristin Hughey, Springville Middle School Science teacher and parent, expressed her concerns during the public expression period about the reduction of staffing and elimination of positions from the Middle School that are found in the budget.

“As you all know, middle schoolers are learners at a very unique stage of their cognitive and emotional development,” stated Hughey. “Many students need more support than others.”  She stressed the proposed budget creates a critical loss under the instruction of Middle School ELA, Science, Foreign Language and Social Studies programs.

School Board President Allison Duwe outlined the evaluation process for the Superintendent. Emails will go out to Board Members this week and will need to be returned prior to the April 18 meeting. The evaluation will take place with the Superintendent the evening of the May meeting after the vote count.

Superintendent Moritz reported that the Family Support Center will not be partnering with Gateway-Longview for services due to concerns that implementing any type of an additional fee could end up being cost-prohibited to parents.

Early Bird Childcare Centers will be delivering UPK services for approximately 54-56 students for the 2017-2018 year.

Moritz also stated the district will be hiring a full-time art teacher who will work two periods in the morning at the High School and work at the Elementary Schools, which will allow all kindergarteners to receive an additional period of art education each week.

In other news, on Thursday, April 6, the High School administrative team will be working on a risk/threat assessment review program working alongside local law enforcement and EMS providers. This information will be presented at the Staff Development Day on May 15.

The Board also voted to approve the hiring of an assistant cross-country coach for the 2017-2018 through 2019-2020 season.

High School Principal James Bialasik reported that 28 students will be inducted into the National Honor Society on Thursday, April 6.

Middle School Principal Shanda DuClon announced that the Middle School Recognition Breakfast will be held on Friday, April 28 and the Middle School will be holding a chorus concert on May 17 with a rehearsal date on May 16. The assembly that was previously scheduled for May 18 will be canceled for students.

Colden Elementary Principal Marcole Feuz shared that representatives from Wild Spirit Education program will be visiting students on Thursday, April 6 and the Canisius Art Moblie is scheduled to visit on April 21.  The school will be holding their musical on April 27 at 2 p.m. And 6:30 p.m. and will hold their open house and art show on May 3.

The Board also reported that Buffalo News Kids Day will be held on April 25 and wanted to remind everyone to have their money ready to hand to the students out volunteering in the community that day.

The next School Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the High School Library, 290 North Buffalo Street, Springville.