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Three newcomers join Springville-Griffith school board

Three newcomers will join the Board of Education in the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District.

Tyler Sullivan, Garret English and Elizabeth Casey captured the top three spots among five candidates Tuesday.

Sullivan, who received 545 votes, and English, who earned 490, will serve three-year terms. Casey, who garnered 464 votes, will serve a year.

Voters also approved the budget 610-214 and a proposal to purchase six buses 603-210.

A pair of former members trying to return to the board fell short of that goal. Joan Kelly, who narrowly lost last year after a five-year stint, received 407 votes. Jeremiah Wallace Kane, who is married to board member Kara Kane, finished with 278 votes.

Candidates sought seats created by last year’s referendum to expand the board from five to seven members. The other available seat belonged to Kane, who did not seek another term.

Lack of parking overrode other issues Tuesday night at the high school.

Instead of voicing opinions about the budget or candidates, voters expressed their discontent about parking to election inspectors in the school’s library. The spring concert caused the parking lot to fill as drivers searched for spaces.

Only a few spots remained open near the athletic fields behind the school in the early evening. Some voters parked on the school’s lawn or in front of a fire hydrant.

Sue Donhauser, a Springville resident who ambled in on crutches, voiced her frustration.

“They are very inconsiderate,” she said after voting.

She criticized the district for scheduling the concert on the same night as the vote.

“I’m a handicapped person and had to walk a half mile,” she said.

District officials plan to consider the parking before scheduling next year’s concert, said Theodore J. Welch, interim superintendent.

“A lot of school districts have events like that to try to bring voters in,” he said.

Originally set for Thursday night, the concert had to be rescheduled because of an academic dinner.

As for the budget vote and board election, most voters refused to give an opinion or their name.

A Springville resident only selected a duo of candidates because he had no confidence in the rest.

“I voted for the candidates I thought were the most qualified,” said Frank Lerminiaux.

Another voter voiced his preference for candidates who have no relatives working in the schools.

“That’s kind of a conflict of interest when contracts come up,” said Dave Baer, a Concord resident.