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Employees receive tenure, during S-GI Board meeting

SPRINGVILLE — Joseph DeMartino first met the Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education, during its Aug. 3, 2010 meeting.

Then-Superintendent Vicki Wright introduced the school’s new director of health, physical education and athletics.

Current School Superintendent Dr. Paul Connelly spoke, about DeMartino, during the board’s June 25 meeting. “I think Mr. DeMartino is a very well-balanced administrator,” Connelly said. “He cares deeply about this school. He pays attention to detail.”

DeMartino was approved for tenure by the board, during the meeting.

He serves as the assistant principal at the Springville Middle School and continues to act as the S-GI athletic director and the director of health and physical education.

“That’s a big, big role,” Connolly said. “We have, I think, 37 sports teams. To stay on top of that and all those coaches and to still touch base with students and parents as an assistant principle is a pretty daunting task. I think he’s done a wonderful job.”

Also receiving tenure at the meeting was Jamie Myers, who received tenure in the special subject area of remedial reading.

The June 24 meeting became a time to say goodbye to several board members, whose terms had nearly ended.

Allison Duwe was elected to the board, by the community, to fill the vacancy created by the June 30 expiration of board member Janine Caimano’s, Stephen Schunk’s and Mel Williams’ terms. The number of board members was recently reduced from seven to five, effective July 1.

“From where we started to where we are now is truly amazing,” Williams, the board president, said. “I want to thank the whole board for the opportunity to work with every one of you. We really are a well-oiled team, even though sometimes we disagree with each other. We’ve come a long way and I appreciate the opportunity to serve the community, both as a board member and as president.”

In other board matters:
– The following fundraisers were approved: High school varsity club-sponsored football and basketball concessions, S-GI varsity swim-a-thon, varsity and junior varsity girls and boys soccer-sponsored sale of Buffalo City dining cards and the Colden Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization-sponsored fall festival.

– The board accepted the gift of a sculpture of a tree from Griffith Park. The sculpture will be placed at the SMS lower terrace, on the front concrete terrace/garden wall. The tree is approximately 9 feet tall and is 6 feet wide. It weighs approximately 500 pounds. The project was facilitated by art teacher Christy Komenda and SMS Principal Michael Retzlaff.

– The board abolished one full-time speech language pathologist position. According to Connelly, the reduction will be aided by the family support center.

– The board approved stipends for the 2013-14 school year, for a number of district employees.

– Winter and spring sports coaches for the 2013-14 school year were approved, after a recommendation from DeMartino. Nicole Baron will make the jump from coaching the girls modified lacrosse team, to the varsity team. Robbyn Robnett will transition from the girls varsity lacrosse head position, to take on the girls varsity track assistant coach position.

– Eric Holler was approved as the boys modified soccer coach, for the upcoming fall season.

– The board approved the school bus safety program and transportation program.

– Drug and alcohol testing for school bus drivers and other “safety sensitive” employees was adopted.

– The board also approved the utilization of sick bank donation method and the extension of agreement for a transportation supervisor. The Eden Central School District shares the services of a transportation supervisor with S-GI. The agreement becomes active on July 1 and will terminate on Aug. 31.

The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on July 9.


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2013-07-03 | 14:59:16
Same comment goes here as was removed from the WV article re. the difference between a principle and a principal.
2013-07-08 | 09:42:31
Poor punctuation
The Journal's articles are riddled with inaccurate punctuation, most notably a crazy number of misplaced commas. Not only are they confusing principal and principle, but what's up with the comma in the headline?