Chris Cerrone and Jenny Sullivan
SPRINGVILLE — On April 15, Chris Cerrone and Jennifer Sullivan gathered with family and friends to announce their plan to run for two of the three open seats on the Springville-Griffith Institute School Board.
“We are running together because we believe our skills and priorities complement one another. We believe in improving communication in the district; stopping unfunded state mandates and demanding fair funding from Albany; ensuring a quality, well-rounded education for current and future students and increasing the district’s involvement in the broader community,” said Sullivan, of her and Cerrone’s decision to run together.
“As a graduate of S-GI, lifelong resident of the district and community volunteer, I am excited to be your next school board representative,” continued Sullivan. She also added that she feels strongly that the town of Colden and Colden Elementary School need to be represented on the board.
“It is critical to have someone on the school board that can speak up for parents and taxpayers in Colden,” said Sullivan.
Chris Cerrone, known in Western New York for his advocacy on the negative impact of standardized tests said, “I have volunteered for many community endeavors over the years and it is time to bring my energy to help our schools achieve their potential.”
Cerrone is a Springville resident and has two children who attend Springville Elementary School. He has volunteered and coached for Springville Youth, Inc. for many years, in various capacities.
Both Sullivan and Cerrone pointed to their community service, their experience advocating for school funding and quality programming and their past and present involvement on building and district-wide committees as strengths. Cerrone noted, “I am proud of my advocacy on behalf of public education and bring that knowledge and experience to the S-GI School Board.”
The two candidates will be talking with voters and community organizations, over the next several weeks.
“This year’s school board elections present a real opportunity for dialogue and in-depth discussion of critical issues facing our school and our broader community. We want to hear from everyone we can, between now and May 20th,” said Cerrone.
The candidates are being supported by current S-GI Board member Allison Duwe and Revitalize Springville, a grassroots organization with a mission to build a stronger community. The Springville Journal does not endorse or support any candidate or party for public office. To submit a candidacy announcement, email
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