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Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education welcomes its newest member, as its ranks drop from seven to five

WELCOME ABOARD — Allison Duwe, the newest member of the Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education, stands with Board President Delia Bonenberger, during Duwe’s first meeting as an official board member. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education welcomed its newest member, Allison Duwe, to her first official board meeting on July 9.

The terms for former board members Janine Caimano, Stephen Schunk and Mel Williams ended on July 1.

“It’s a particularly exciting and challenging time for public education,” Duwe said. “I’m very excited to join the board right now, to move this district forward and to take on some of these big issues facing public education.”

Duwe is a S-GI graduate. She earned a history degree from Oberlin College.

Last fall, the new board member stepped down from her role as the executive director of the Coalition for Economic Justice in Buffalo, to be a full-time mother. She has served on several other boards, including that of the Springville Center for the Arts, where she was president.

“I think I have a unique background that will add to the team we already have here,” Duwe added. “I think that’s important. I think the board moving forward can be a stronger team than perhaps it’s been, in the past. I think I can connect us to other folks in the state and across Western New York, to bring about some positive changes.”

With Duwe’s arrival, the board transitioned from seven members to five.

The decision to reduce the number of board members was made by the voting community, last May.

In other matters:
– Board Member Joan Kelly announced that she recently attended a Partnership with Smarter Schools meeting.

“I think some people have a misunderstanding or a misrepresentation of what this group is,” she said. “I think a lot of people think that Partnership with Smarter Schools is all about opting out, but that’s not what it’s about. It’s about common sense approach to education and it’s a group of people that encompasses college professors, superintendents, parents, board members, teachers and school administrators. I encourage people to learn more about it.”

– A high school class of 2014-sponsored sale of “QSP”/”Great American Magazine” items and a chicken barbecue that will coincide on the same day as the 2014 school budget vote was approved. The money will be used toward graduation caps, gowns, the senior trip and senior prom expenses.

– The board approved high school music department-sponsored sales of Zap-A-Snacks®, poinsettias, fruit and cheese. Money will go toward the department’s spring tour in New York City.

– A High School Key Club-sponsored Fowlers, candy bar, ice cream and food drive for the Springville Food Pantry and toy/battery drive was approved.

– The board approved several personnel matters, included the resignation of one district employee for other employment. Three employees were granted leave of absence requests, while five employees were appointed to supervise various activities in the district. An athletic appointment was tabled for executive session.

The next S-GI Board of Education meeting will be held on Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.

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