Photo by Ely Schosek
Newly elected Springville-Griffith Institute school board member Jenna Kellerman (from left) and reelected member Allison Duwe are sworn in by Kathy Tucker, district clerk.

By Ely Schosek

Student Reporter


The Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education met July 9 for tits reorganizational meeting, where board member Allison Duwe was reelected school board president. Duwe was reelected to her position on the board in the district’s May vote.

Additionally, Jennifer Sullivan was chosen as the board’s vice president for the 2019-20 school year.

New board member Jenna Kellerman was also sworn in after also being elected to the board by district voters in the May school vote.

As part of reorganizational business, the board approved a list of meeting dates for the 2019-20 school year, along with agreeing that the current meeting day and time of the month’s first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. should remain the same.

For now the board, will continue to meet in the High School Library Media Center (LMC) but by January, they hope to move their meetings to the Middle School LMC, so long as upcoming construction goes according to plan.

Following the conclusion of the reorganizational meeting, Duwe began the regular meeting by bringing to the board’s attention a letter from Linda Hoffman.

According to Duwe, this letter requested “our nomination as a school district to her position as Area l director for the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).”

“Our area for the NYSSBA covers a lot of different school districts,” said Duwe. “I frankly think it’s great to have a rep to that board that knows our district,” she noted after mentioning that Hoffman is a resident of Springville. Hoffman serves on both the Erie 2 board and on the NYSSBA.

The motion was carried unanimously.

Later on in the meeting, Superintendent Kimberly Moritz explained the circumstances following a roof collapse at the P-TECH project on July 4 because of torrential rainfall.

“The building was in a stage of what is called, ‘gut renovation’ so there was literally nothing inside the building,” Moritz said. Thankfully, there were no people inside of the building either due to the holiday.

Moritz continued in telling the board that it now becomes a discussion of “whose insurance is going to cover it?” but she assured them that there is “ample insurance all the way around to cover it.”

“I’m confident we will sort it out and keep moving the project ahead,” noted Moritz. She also added that the damage appears to be much worse on the outside than it really is on the inside and reiterated that she is grateful that no one was inside when it happened.

The board will meet again on Aug. 6 for their next regular business meeting.