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S-GI updates code of conduct

SPRINGVILLE—The Springville-Griffith Institute Code of Conduct remains largely unchanged for the 2017-18 school year, the Board of Education announced at its Aug. 22 meeting. Changes that were made include regulations on hazing and the Dignity for All Students Act.

“[This is] worked on by the principals … they didn’t have any changes,” Superintendent Kimberly Moritz explained. “The changes we do have are for the Dignity for All Students Act.”

Hazing activities have been “strictly prohibited” on school grounds, buses and events or by school sponsored groups and clubs. The policy defines hazing as any “humiliating or dangerous activity expected of a student to join a group, regardless of their willingness to participate.”

The conduct code continues to outline behaviors that can be considered hazing and the district’s response to potential hazing activities.

The Dignity for All Students additions include cementing S-GI as an environment “free of harassment, bullying and discrimination.” It further prohibits any and all bullying at school or school functions. The changes also include the designation on at least one Dignity Act Coordinator in each school building. Coordinators will be trained to handle a wide variety of topics.

Joseph DeMartino, Karen Polizzi, Jill Hill, Debra Skok Watson, Kathryn Werner and Kristie Ziegler were named coordinators or alternate coordinators.

The board approved a change order for the work on the High School roof. The Capital Project change order was in the amount of $97,241 for the replacement of the top five feet of the exterior wall at the natatorium. Moritz explained the way the roof was constructed does not meet current construction standards.

“This was a game stopper … it had to be done,” she said. “There was another option, for a little less money, but that would have been a stop gap. This was the best option for the safety of the district.”

Moritz received a letter from West Valley Central School letting her know the district is moving forward with its feasibility study. The letter asked Moritz, S-GI and the Board of Education to provide information when asked, regarding the possibility of an annexation by S-GI. WVCS will be covering the cost of the study, which will look at an annexation by S-GI or Ellicottville Central School or WVCS remaining an independent school district.

The S-GI Board of Education will next meet Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the High School library and media center.

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