By Jennifer Weber

The SGI school board held its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Colden Elementary School cafeteria.

Colden Elementary School principal Marcole Feuz and 5th grade teacher Lynne Loomis led an interactive presentation on the program Playworks.

“The four core values of the Playworks program are respect, inclusion, healthy play and healthy community,” said Loomis. Teachers who completed the Playworks training are equipped to provide interactive ways to help students learn in and outside the classroom.

Board members joined teachers and students in the gym and participated in physical activities such as the game “Switch” before returning from the brain break and back to the business of the board.

The next presentation was a preview of the P-TECH (Pathways to Early College High School) program and proposed capital project. The P-TECH program is a partnership between Springville Griffith Institute, Alfred State College, Erie 2 BOCES and local businesses which prepares students to enter electrical construction and maintenance and computer information system training starting in the 9th grade and continuing for 5-6 years.

These two fields have been identified as high demand occupations for the future and will provide students a direct link to a careers in advanced manufacturing upon completion of the program. Students will receive their High School Regents Diploma and an Associate’s Degree from Alfred State, with the option to continue their education at Alfred State without going through the admission process.

The current Springville-Griffith Institute district office will be transformed into the P-TECH Academy college campus within an educational center by the year 2020. which will be utilized by students throughout seven school districts in Western New York in addition to Springville, including Iroquois, East Aurora, Orchard Park, Eden, Gowanda, Holland and North Collins.

Jeff Nunn and Nick Humphrey provided board members with a preview of the proposed capital project and announced key dates for the timeline moving forward:

March 6 – Presentation of Capital Project to Board for Approval

March 20 – Approve and Announce Request for Proposals

May 15 – Public Referendum Vote on Capital Project

Business Administrator Maureen Lee presented the board with a preliminary review of the upcoming 2018-2019 budget, with the reminder that there will be one presentation of the entire budget at the March 6 board meeting.

Ms. Lee’s report showed that the estimated tax cap will be at 3.91 percent and there is currently a $2,000,144 gap still to close. A proposition to purchase school buses in the amount of $824,000 will also be brought to voters this year as the 3rd part of a 5 year replacement program.

The next SGI board meeting will be on Mar. 6 at the SGI High School LMC at 6:30 p.m.