SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District Board of Education has selected a familiar face to be the school district’s new superintendent.
James E. Bialasik, a 1999 district graduate and principal of Springville-Griffith Institute High School, will assume the leadership role on Jan. 7, 2022 following the retirement of Kimberly Moritz, the district’s superintendent since 2015.
Bialasik has served as the high school principal for the past six years and has been heavily involved in district-wide tasks such as budget design, contract negotiations, and the recent proposed capital improvements project, which was approved by taxpayers on Sept. 28.
“As someone who has called the Springville community home for most of my life, having the opportunity to serve our district in this new capacity is an incredible honor,” said Bialasik. “I couldn’t be more proud of the work that we have done over the past six years and I welcome the opportunity to continue those efforts with our Board of Education, administrative team, faculty, staff and community. Our students deserve the very best education possible and we will continue to strive each and every day to provide an experience that is second to none.”
Prior to returning to Springville, Bialasik spent five years in leadership roles at the Sweet Home Central School District in Amherst, serving as dean of students, mathematics specialist, and coordinator of secondary education. He received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and mathematics from Canisius College in 2003, his master’s in mathematics education from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo in 2006, and completed a certificate in educational leadership and supervision from Canisius in 2015.
Bialasik’s selection came as the result of a six-month search process by the Board of Education with assistance from Dr. David O’Rourke, District Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer at Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES.
“The SGI Board of Education knows that in Mr. James Bialasik we have a leader who will cultivate a positive school climate while moving us ever closer to our vision of being a place where everyone finds meaning and value everyday,” said Allison Duwe, board president. “James knows that not everything that matters can be measured, and he is passionate about creating deep and powerful learning experiences for every student. We are excited for what the future holds.”
Bialasik resides in Boston with his wife Krista, a math teacher at Lackawanna High School, and their children, Kaiden and Kole, who both attend Springville Elementary School.