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Springville-GI board looks at code of conduct changes

Crystal Page accepts a check from S-GI seventh grader Eric for the American Cancer Society. Eric raised money for the organization as part of his Kids Can Make a Difference program.
SPRINGVILLE—The Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education got the chance to hear from the students they represent at the June 10 meeting. Seventh graders who participated in the Kids Can Make a Difference project spoke to the board and presented their project, as well as representatives from the S-GI sports teams to recap their seasons.

“This is a wonderful program, you guys have made a difference,” Superintendent Paul Connelly said of the Kids Can Make a Difference program. “I’m blown away by what these students can do.”

Charity organizations such as Challengers, Partnering for Africa, Big Dogs Big Hearts, Gliding Stars, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Wounded Warriors Project all benefitted from the seventh grade students’ projects.

The students raised money and volunteered their time to help give back to the organizations. Seventh grader Eric raised $274 for the American Cancer Society by selling cupcakes and at the board meeting, he presented a check to American Cancer Society representative Crystal Page.

The board also got the opportunity to hear from members of the spring sports teams who recapped their seasons and thanked their coaches for helping them learn throughout the season.

Junior varsity baseball player Jake Smith said that his team gelled together over the course of the season and created bonds that he’s sure will last forever. Varsity standout Adam Wolfley credited the team’s winning season to their coach Ron Tamraz.

Thrower Jessica Wiede gave a presentation on the track and field’s season, highlighting the team’s trip to Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania.

“I don’t think I’d have as much in school as I do if I didn’t do track,” Wiede said.

Revisions that were made to the S-GI Code of Conduct were presented at the meeting, though Kathryn Werner, assistant principal at the high school, explained most of the revisions were just changes to specific wording.

The inclusion of e-cigarettes and vaps were added into the section on smoking. The addition now bans e-ciggs and vaps from being smoked on school property. The language regarding the use of electronic devices during school hours was changed so students can use them, but only in an appropriate manner.

Werner explained that tablets and phones can now be used for educational purposes, but the teachers still have the right to take a phone away from a student if they deem the use inappropriate.

Business Administrator Ted Welch asked the board to consider the possibility of sharing food services administration to cut the cost of operation and assured the board it would only affect the program by reducing cost. Welch also explained the federal government is reducing the criteria for free and reduced lunches, which would raise the amount of students in the district who would qualify.

Sara Coughlin, a health educator in the district, and Sarah Landers, a foreign language teacher, were both granted tenure at the meeting, despite board member Joan Kelly voting against it.

“I think it’s an important step and it’s sad when tenure is taken for granted,” Kelly said on the fact that neither Coughlin nor Landers were at the meeting. Board President De Bonenberger reminded Kelly that there was no way to know why the two weren’t present but that they could have very well wanted to be there.

In other board matters:

Connelly thanked outgoing board members Kelly, Bonenberger and Jon Einarsson for their time serving on the board.

Kelly reminded the board that the district is good but if they tap into the full potential, the district could be great.

The next S-GI board of education meeting will be the annual reorganizational meeting on July 8 at 7 p.m. in the high school library and media center.

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