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Mary Snyder shows off her robot arm.

SPRINGVILLE – A welcome donation was presented during public expression at the Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education meeting Jan. 16.

“I grew up in a house of music … playing violin,” community member Mary Jane Miess said. “I took lessons at [Griffith Institute] until graduation. I learned the oboe and trombone, which I loved.”

While reading the district’s November bulletin, which asked for sponsorships for the Springville and Colden Elementary Schools’ band and orchestra programs, she knew what to do. The bulletin outlined a need for sponsorships to help provide instruments to students.

“If [my husband and I] can help provide musical instruments … that’s what we’ll do,” she said. “We’re donating $1,000 in memory of my music teacher Elizabeth Brown to the music program.”

Both Board President Allison Duwe and Superintendent Kimberly Moritz thanked Meiss with a hug following her donation.

“We appreciate positive and unexpected comments,” Duwe said.

S2 (1) copyThe board was treated to the high school innovators showcase, which highlighted programs and student work in the high school. Principal James Bialasik said he found it difficult to focus on one program and instead chose to highlight multiple programs.

“I think the board set a noble goal … to focus on students [at meetings],” he said. “Tonight you’ll see all different types of things going on.”

The programs included an electric periodic table that shocks you when you touch a transition metal, a fingerprinting station, the proposed Village of Springville seals, a robot that could climb stairs and booths highlighting the business, theatre and pre-safety programs.

“It’s pretty impressive,” said board member Dan Miess. “I’m happy to see a large emphasis on robotics, you can’t beat that. Those students will come out with a sellable skill. I’m impressed by the wide diversity of neat things.”

S1 (2) copyContracts were awarded for the district’s capital project. In total, six contracts were awarded for work that includes electrical, parking lot resurfacing, boiler replacements, roof replacements and replacing the wood floor in the gym, among other projects. Work on the capital project is expected to begin next month. Due to the bid pricing, Moritz said the district would be able to complete all the alternate projects the district had outlined. Those projects, such as LED lighting in the parking lots, were added as projects the district would like to complete but didn’t anticipate having the money to complete.

“All the bids were so favorable we can do all the alternate projects,” Moritz said. “It’s really exciting. We just bid at the right time, had it on the street for six weeks … everything just went right.”

Business Official Maureen Lee gave a quick update of the district’s revenue, which is expected to exceed expectations by 0.4 percent. She said the increase comes from the district receiving more in state aid than they had planned.
“That’s a good number,” she said. “Right now, I’m happy with where we are.”

The board will next meet Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Colden Elementary School.

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