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Springville-Griffith School Board votes against standardized testing

The Springville-Griffith School Board, in a 3-2 vote, has denounced the emphasis on high-stakes testing.

The action was similar to how other school districts reacted in the wake of the Partnership for Smarter Schools forum held earlier this month in Buffalo.

The document called upon Education Commissioner John B. King to “stop the overreliance on standardized tests as a measure of student performance and principal/teacher effectiveness. … ”

In voting against the measure, board members Delia Bonenberger and Jon Einarsson, who have expressed reservations about the movement in the past, noted schools are obliged to follow mandates from the state Education Department and standardized tests are part of that obligation.

Also at the board meeting, behavior at district sporting events drew comments from the public following an alleged incident at a Sept. 27 homecoming game in which several parents claimed they saw Springville football coach John Sopko make an obscene gesture toward the crowd, reportedly after being heckled by some spectators.

Superintendent Paul Connelly said Sopko denied the allegations, but the administration is continuing to investigate the incident.

The board also heard concern from a parent about the “instability” of parents’ behavior at some events. The East Concord resident, whose son plays on the football team, voiced disapproval of parents who call out the coach’s name and yell out players’ numbers in a derogatory manner.

“Right after it came to our attention,” Connelly said, “the district investigated and had a discussion with some parents who agreed to refrain from inappropriate behavior.”

He said he recently attended the team’s game at East Aurora and witnessed no inappropriate behavior.

In a separate manner, Connelly said the district is gathering information for a possible capital project. He said the administration conducted a building walk-through with district principals and is looking at items cut out of the last capital project.

“It’s been a really, really, really long time since we brought our facilities up to snuff,” the superintendent said.

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