Springville-Griffith Institute (SGI) Superintendent Kimberly Moritz has announced her intent to retire this January.
Moritz joined SGI in early 2016 after serving as Randolph Central School District’s superintendent for eight years. She previously served as an assistant principal at Frontier and as a high school principal at Randolph and Gowanda. Moritz’s career began at St. Joseph Elementary School, and she later taught for a decade at Pine Valley. She will depart SGI with more than 20 years of administrative experience and 30 years in education.
“The truth is that it’s simply the right time for me,” said Moritz of her decision to retire. “I’ve had a fulfilling career in which I’ve been lucky enough to do meaningful work and to form relationships with some incredible people.
In a message to staff, SGI School Board President Allison Duwe spoke highly of Superintendent Moritz’s positive influence in the District.
“(Kimberly is) someone willing to put in the hard work, someone willing to listen, someone open to having her mind changed about things, someone with the capacity to understand and reflect on Springville’s uniquenesses and complexities,” said Duwe.
Moritz said the announcement was made well in advance to provide the District the time needed to choose the next superintendent. The Board of Education has selected Dr. David O’Rourke, Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES District Superintendent, to assist in the search. The process will involve community participation and student engagement.
As the search is conducted over the next six months, Moritz and Duwe noted there is still important work that needs to be done during this time.
“I’m so proud to be the Springville superintendent and will continue to do so with all that I’ve got until January 8, 2022,” said Moritz. “We’ve got much to do, including rolling out the next capital project.”
While the Board of Education is looking toward the future, Duwe acknowledged Moritz’s many achievements during her five years at SGI.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the work that we’ve accomplished with Kimberly as our Superintendent,” said Duwe.
“She’s guided us through tragedy and triumph. The SGI that hired Kimberly is so much better today and what is exciting in this moment is that so much is possible for this District.”
Moritz reflected on the relationships built that have allowed the District to thrive during her tenure.
“Springville is a wonderful district. The community, BOE members, leadership team, faculty and employees are among the best I’ve ever known,” said Moritz. “I’m grateful for every positive comment, for every day of hard work from our employees, for a leadership team – including our amazing administrators, union leaders, and BOE members – who work together to do what’s right. I’m grateful for our students and families who are kind and thoughtful and well-intentioned.”