By Jennifer Weber

The Springville-Griffith Board of Education met on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. for the 2017-2018 Board Reorganizational Meeting where Allison Duwe was voted in as President and Jennifer Sullivan was voted in as Vice-President.

Other officers approved include Kathy Tucker, District Clerk; Maureen Lee, Deputy Treasurer; and Marylynn Reeves, Tax Collector.

The 2017-2018 SGI Board of Education Meetings will be held on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Springville-Griffth Institute High School Library Media Center at 290 North Buffalo, Springville on Aug. 22, Sept. 12, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 6, March 6, March 20, April 10, May 1, May 15, June 5 and July 10. District Clerk Kathy Tucker will schedule two of these board meetings to be held in Collins and Colden and will make the date public once scheduled.

The annual public budget meeting will be Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and the annual school board vote will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Board Member Committee Appointments include Jennifer Sullivan and Allison Duwe as the ECASB Assemble Delegates;  Tyler Sullivan and Elizabeth Casey as ECASB Budget/Finance Delegates; Chris Cerrone and Jessica Schuster as ECASB Legislative Delegates; Jennifer Sullivan as NYSSBA Annual Meeting Voting Delegate; Tyler Sullivan, Daniel Miess and Allison Duwe (and Anthony Miranda and Dana Bruce, public members) as Audit Committee Members; Elizabeth Casey as Health & Wellness Committee Member; Jennifer Sullivan, Elizabeth Casey and Chris Cerrone as Policy Committee members.

The first board meeting of the 2017-2018 year followed the reorganizational meeting at 7 p.m. New members Jessica Schuster and Daniel Miess were formally welcomed by the President.

Michael Hannon addressed the Board during the public expression period to discuss the Springville Football Fanatics, which is now its own separate 501c7 organization. Hannon said the Football Fanatics exists to “fill in the cracks from the shortfalls in the budget” and over the past year has held a Mom Clinic, spaghetti dinners before the games, a steak dinner fundraiser and offers opportunities for sponsors to advertise during individual games. Over the past year, the Football Fanatics raised over $20,000 and purchased varsity uniforms, decals for helmets, clinics, end of year gifts for players and coaches, headphones and cheerleader warm-ups and jackets.

The new SGI website is live and will continue to grow and evolve over the year. Superintendent Kimberly Mortiz stated the new website “…has a different format, intentionally. I wanted it to have a different feel, I wanted it to be more current…I wanted it to reflect where we are headed and that we are going to be different from everyone else and really thinking about innovation in the future.” If anyone finds information they accessed on the old website missing from the new website, please contact the district office.

In other news, the Board approved several business items including the following fundraising and charitable activities for the 2017-2018 school year:

• Middle School Facility and Staff Dress Down Days for Charity

• Springville Elementary School PTA sponsored Fun Run, Family Portrait Fundraiser, Poinsettia & Wreath Sale, Coupon Books Sale, Plantable and Paper Catalog Sale, Hanging Basket Sale, Silent Art Auction and Food Trucks and Hot Dog Sales

• Colden Elementary Student Council sponsored account with The Can Man

• Springville-Griffith High School Football sponsored 4th Annual SGU Football Mini-Camp

• Springville-Griffith Students Against Drunk Driving sponsored Valentine’s Day Flower and Candy Sale, Hike for Hunger, Fall/Spring Flower Power Bulb Sale, The Can Man “You Can Make A Difference Bottle Return” and Ice Cream Sale

• Donation of 20 Nook Tablets to the District sister school located in Nepal at the Career Building International Academy

The Board also approved and personally welcomed the following new hires to the Springville-Griffith School district:  Malinda Rosenwie, certified in Visual Arts as instructor in the Arts department; Elizabeth Hanson, certified in Early Childhood Education as Elementary school teacher; Ryan Dygert certified in Students with Disabilities in the Special Education department; and Kadie Geiser certified in Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6  in the Special Education department.

The next meeting of the SGI Board of Education will be held Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the High School Library Media Center at 290 North Buffalo, Springville.