By Jennifer Weber

The Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education met on Tuesday, July 10 for their annual Reorganizational Meeting. Kathy Tucker was voted in as the temporary District /Board Clerk and administered the oath of office to Board Members Daniel Miess and Tyler Sullivan. Allison Duwe was elected President and Jennifer Sullivan was elected Vice-President.

The Regular Business Meeting of the Board followed with a Public Expression period. Nils Wikman spoke about the decision of the school board in eliminating two positions and forcing the retirement of long-time employees.

The Board opened a Public Hearing regarding the Smart Schools Initiative Preliminary Plan. Joann DePue state that the information about this plan has been posted on the website for the last 30 days and there have been no comments received during this time period. The board voted in favor of the plan.

Superintendent Kim Moritz discussed the plan for the district to hire a full-time Student Resource Officer through the Erie County Sheriff Department and will bring a recommendation to the board for a vote in August, In addition to this new position, the shared service agreement with North Collins for a part-time SRO will also be in place. It was also noted that the Springville Village Police Department is very attentive about paroling the school grounds and is an additional resource for the school.

Mortiz also gave an update regarding construction, stating that something new is being done everyday and they are moving forward with progress.

Business Administrator Maureen Lee discussed the hiring of a School Director of Food Services which will be a shared position between Springville and the Holland school district through BOCES. For the current school year the contract with Sodexho will remain, but the new director will be evaluating the cost effectiveness of the program and determining a plan for the future possibility of bringing food services in-house.

School Board Member Daniel Miess spoke to the community in reference to the vote on the abolishment of two positions at the school and the retirements of Diane Brady and Kim Shelly stating that “correct discussions are not always popular and cuts to the team is the hardest part of the job for a school board.” He also thanked Superintendent Mortiz for handling this matter with respect and professionalism.

In other news the Board Approved the following:

  • A Five-Year Extension of the Superintendent’s contract with no changes.
  • Authorization to adjust the property loss between the District and Adjusters International/Basloe, Levin & Cuccaro with reference to the water damage at the High School during the recent flooding.
  • Awarded the bid work contract for the 2018 Emergency Creek Stabilization Capital Project to D & H Excavating for the cost of $289, 441. Work on this project should begin as soon as possible during the month of July.
  • Approval of the 2018-2019 Universal Prekindergarten agreement with Early Bird Child Care Centers 59 spaces are available for the 2018-2019 school year and there is currently a waiting list.

The next meeting of the SGI Board of Education will be held on Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the High School LMC.