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District to share transport supervisor

The Springville-Griffith Board of Education has approved a plan to share a transportation supervisor with a neighboring school district, a move that will save more than $50,000 annually for Springville alone.

As of July 1, Rose Heckathorn, a 20-year transportation veteran who has worked in the Pioneer and Clarence districts before landing at Eden in 2008, will split her time between the Eden Central and Springville-Griffith school districts.

"We've already done some shared services with North Collins and Lake Shore Central. This will help save money for taxpayers in both Eden and Springville," Heckathorn said Wednesday.

She acknowledged the Akron and Clarence school districts for piloting a shared transportation supervisor this year and "breaking ground for the rest of us."

In a related matter, the board Tuesday placed Jay Peplin, the district's current transportation supervisor, on paid administrative leave of absence retroactive to June 1. Superintendent Paul Connelly said he was unable to discuss the circumstances surrounding the leave but said the incident that led to it did not involve students. An investigation is under way and is expected to be completed on or before June 30, he said.

In other action, the board again found itself at odds over the district's school calendar after a request by the superintendent to change June 19 and 20 into half-days for elementary and middle school students.

Board members Stephen Schunk, Jeremiah Kane and Janine Caimano complained that the schedule shift on such short notice would likely create a problem for working parents. Connelly agreed but said he was trying to "free up" time for teachers who needed to work on common core programming.

The motion passed, 4-3, with Joan Kelly, Delia Bonenberger, Jon Einarsson and board President Mel Williams approving it.