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BOE Approves Emergency Cazenovia Creek Stabilization Project for CES

By Jennifer Weber

The Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District Board of Education held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. and opened with several public presentations regarding financial and capital project updates.

Seth Hennard of Lumsden McCormick presented the independent annual audit summary and corrective action plan. The report showed a $2.3 million loss in the general fund from $7.1 million last year to $4.7 this year which is accounted for by the transfer of money for the $2 million capital project and B.O.C.E.S. project. Overall summary shows a sufficient balance in the fund to remain stable for the next few years.

Campus Construction Management Group updated the board on the current status of the capital project, installing roofing on four school buildings. Work began in May 2017 and the project is 75 percent complete and should be finished within the next few weeks.

Jeff Nunn of Gordon W. Jones Architects and Fisher Associates presented information on the Cazenovia Creek at Colden Elementary Emergency Project, which will protect Colden Elementary School property from the accelerated migration of the West Branch of Cazenovia Creek.

Aerial photos presented from May 2009 to May 2017 show the edge of the Cazenovia Creek has shifted approximately 90 feet west towards the school, demonstrating a pretty significant erosion problem. Approximately 10-15 feet of land slid into the bank this past year alone.

The board approved the authorization of an emergency project, which will allow work to move forward and just get the work done without waiting for additional state approvals, creating an expedited review period allowing bids and contracts to be in place and ready for construction beginning during the dry season in July 2018.

Maureen Lee reported that the NYS Department of Education will fund and aid 79.8 percent of the cost of the project. The projected cost for this project is $323,000, which leaves the local cost for the school district to be around $62,000.  Lee recommends that the board pass a resolution to adjust the current budget and move money from the unassigned fund balance to cover the cost of this project.

The board recommended meeting with affected landowners in the area this week to start a discussion on the financial responsibility of this project, before the official stakeholders meeting.

In other news:

Board President Allison Duwe welcomed student council president Andrew Lazarus to the meeting.

Marylynn Reeves was approved as the Deputy District Treasurer.

Jessica Schuster announced the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation will be holding their annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov. 4 and this year’s recipient will be the Springville-Griffith Institute Technology and Engineering programs.

The board approved the school breakfast and lunch prices for 2017-18 and wanted to remind parents who might be eligible to apply for the reduced and free breakfast and lunch program.

Kate Werner, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, reported there are 15 new students in the Special Education program for a total of 214 students, which is 12.35 percent of the total population.

The Board approved a donation by the Buffalo Bills of used, outdoor football equipment, including a blocking sled, gauntlet machine and two chutes valued at approximately $10,000-$15,000.

The next SGI Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the High School at 6:30 p.m.

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