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Meet the candidates: two vie for seat on S-GI Board

Allison Duwe
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education elections will take place on May 21, in conjunction with the 2013 – 14 budget vote. Two candidates will be on the ballot, for one, at-large seat: Bill Bursee and Allison Duwe.

The candidate who is chosen, by the largest number of popular votes, will be elected to the seat, for a term that will begin on July 1 and run until June 30, 2016.

Voting will take place at the S-GI High School Library and Media Center, the Colden Elementary School Library and Media Center and Collins Center Fire Hall, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., at all locations.

Duwe was born and raised in Springville and is an S-GI graduate. A former honor student, who participated in both sports and music, Duwe went on to graduate from Oberlin College with a history degree, in 2001.

She spent the last seven years as the executive director of a non-profit organization, with a stated mission to unite community organizations, labor unions, faith leaders and others, to work with elected officials to improve peoples’ lives.

In addition, Duwe has served on several boards, including as president of Springville Center for the Arts, during the purchase of the former Baptist Church on Buffalo Street, where the organization is currently located. She has been recognized by the John R. Oishei Foundation as one of Western New York’s “notable young leaders.”

Duwe is married to Seth Wochensky and is the mother of Elijah, Anatoly and Adeline.

The candidate said that her platform includes exposing students to a wide range of subjects, seeking a “transparent budget process, so we know how our money is being spent,” the district “going green” and setting “a long-term vision for our district, that embraces community input,” according to a statement submitted by the candidate.

Duwe can be reached via email at

Bursee declined to provide a biography or platform statement, by press time.

A proposition to purchase new transportation equipment will also appear on the ballot, in addition to the candidates for the board of education and the annual budget figure.

Proposition No. 2 – Acquisition of School Buses and Related Equipment, authorizes the district to purchase school buses and related equipment, for use in the transportation program of the district, including four 66-passenger buses, at an estimated maximum cost of $112,500 each, two 16-passenger buses, at an estimated maximum cost of $45,000 each and one truck-type vehicle, at an estimated maximum cost of $37,127. The aggregate sum is not to exceed $577,127, collected via a property tax levy, to be collected in annual installments.

The district said that it expects that New York state transportation aid funds will represent a substantial portion of those costs and will be applied to reduce the tax levy.

More information about the budget vote, the candidates and the propositions on the ballot can be found on S-GI’s website at

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