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Springville-Griffith to conduct school building review

A review of all buildings will determine what renovations will be needed in the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District.

Acting School Superintendent Sylvia Root told the Board of Education on Tuesday night that the district will soon conduct a building conditions report. The state Education Department requires the report before district officials can plan renovations.

“We need to have that done again,” she said afterward.

During the building conditions report, an architect examines the buildings for potential enhancements or repairs. The Facilities Committee has offered scenarios known as Plan A, Plan B, Plan C and Plan D. Each plan carries a different cost.

Improvement projects may include the parking lots, sidewalks, curbs, roofs, heating systems and other aspects.

Root hopes for a referendum in December to let voters weigh in on a renovation project.

“We’d like to work toward that,” she said.

A board member warned that a referendum in December would not offer a true reflection of residents’ opinions because it likely would generate a low turnout.

“If there is a referendum in December and you have 80 voters, that is your feedback,” said Kara Kane, who did not seek re-election in May.

She asked other board members to “be mindful” that most residents will not vote in a December referendum. More residents participate in the budget vote and board election in May, when many districts also include a proposition such as buying buses.

To start a renovation project in the spring, many districts set a referendum in early December to avoid a delay.

Board members also authorized the formation of the S-GI Football Fanatics, a booster club that will benefit the football teams by fundraising through the Community Education Foundation.

Toward the meeting’s end, Allison Duwe, board president, reminded residents that the reorganization meeting has been set for 7 p.m. July 2 in the high school’s library. The board will also conduct a regular meeting that night.