Dear District Residents:
On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, the residents of the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District are going to have an opportunity to renovate, repair and revitalize educational spaces at the high school, middle school and elementary schools through a capital project referendum.
This project will address critical building preservation needs, safety and security upgrades and academic program improvements that were prioritized across our District’s buildings and grounds. It was developed after two-plus years of thoughtful study that included building condition surveys and feedback from more than 300 stakeholders including students, faculty, staff and community members.
Building preservation needs to be addressed by this project include deteriorating ceilings, floors, bathrooms and corridors. Safety and security upgrades include a district-wide emergency blue light notification system that will better prepare all of our school buildings to coordinate and communicate in emergency situations. In addition, the student pick-up/ drop-off area at SES would be relocated to a new area between Newman Street and the Kindergarten wing. This change would provide a safer environment for students and families to enter and exit the building, reduce congestion in the rear parking lot and free up the SES gymnasium for afternoon PE classes. Academic program enhancements rounding out the project include classroom updates, Agricultural and Technology classroom renovations at SHS and classroom reconfiguration for new maker spaces, including a woodshop and metals lab. A new multi-sport synthetic turf field for physical education classes, soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse and football practice is also being proposed for extended seasonal use.
The Board of Education and District Administration have determined that the proposed upgrades will provide broad, lasting benefits to our students and the entire community with no additional impact on our taxpayers. The District is committed to exercising care and good judgment in managing the resources with which we are entrusted. The project being proposed enhances the educational opportunities and experiences provided to students while being mindful of our taxpayers.
We hope that you will also join us for the Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Library Media Center.
Kimberly Moritz, Superintendent and the SGI Board of Education