Gerald Krezmien casts his ballot at the Springville-Griffith Institute budget vote on May 20.
The Springville-Griffith Institute district will have an underlying budget of $36,135,708 after the number passed during the May 20 vote.
The budget includes money for a curriculum coordinator, a grant writer and a social worker, as well as the addition of a kindergarten teacher. The district also has the community go-ahead to purchase six more school buses and related equipment.
District residents voted down the proposition to raise the term of board of education members from three to five years by a vote of 800-364, but they did elect to increase the number of board members from five to seven. The increase in board members will go into effect on July 1, 2015.
In a seven candidate race for three seats on the school board, running mates Jennifer Sullivan and Chris Cerrone won a seat, as well as previous board member Michael Connors.
Connors has plans to bring the S-GI district into the top 10 schools by 2025 and bring the board back to a policy making entity, which is what he feels they should have always been.
Cerrone, who is well known for his advocacy concerning the negative impact of standardized testing, is looking to improve the communication between the district and the community.
Sullivan would like to see students in the S-GI district compete with top-rated schools and excel. She also plans to be a voice for Colden residents, who she feels have not gotten the representation they deserve.