SPRINGVILLE—Allison Duwe and Jennifer Sullivan reclaimed their seats as president and vice-president, respectively, of the Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education. The board also welcomed new members Jessica Schuster and Dan Miess.
During its re-organizational meeting on July 10, the board approved moving meetings to Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Discussion was had on continuing to host one meeting in Collins Center and one at Colden Elementary during the year. While there is associated cost to the Collins Center meeting, at the fire hall, Schuster championed for the meeting to be held again.
“I think the timing may also be impactful. The Colden meeting is during budget season … so we have a packed house,” she said. “Collins is part of our district … and a part that’s often overlooked. We should have a presence there.”
Superintendent Kimberly Moritz agreed, noting the board has done a lot in a year and a half to increase transparency.
“If it’s been working … leave it as it is,” she said.
After appointing policy, audit and other committee members, the board opened the regular business meeting.
Michael Hannon spoke during public expression as a representative of the Springville Football Fanatics. The organization was formed a few years ago to help support the needs of the football team through funding efforts. They have seen became a recognized organization and are no reaching out to other sports teams in the district.
“When we started … football was the only team where we could get interested people,” Hannon said. “Now, we’re seeing other facets of teams coming in.”
The organization has sold merchandise, lawn signs and sponsorships to home games to help offset costs.
Moritz thanked Hannon for the work by he and his wife, and everyone else associated with the organization.
East Concord resident Joan Kelly asked the board to discuss, in the future, the graduation gap between students who are economically disadvantaged and those who are not. Kelly quoted statistics from a February Buffalo News article which states students who are not economically disadvantaged are graduating at 96 percent, while those who are listed as economically disadvantaged are graduating at 74 percent.
“There are enough inequalities in the world,” Kelly said. “School should be a refuge from those inequalities.”
During his report, High School Principal James Bialasik said out of the 135 seniors in the district in 2017, 133 graduated. In the interest of transparency, he said, that does not take into account out of district students or those who have dropped out. One of the non-graduates is in summer school classes, while the other has chosen another path. Bialasik noted there were two fifth-year students who graduated in January.
The Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education will meet again Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Library and Media Center.