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Connelly resigns as Springville-Griffith school superintendent

Paul M. Connelly has resigned as superintendent of the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District after accusing the School Board of trying to oust him because he applied for jobs in other districts.

The board accepted his resignation by a vote of 4-0 on Tuesday night with board member Kara M. Kane absent.

Afterward, Allison K. Duwe, the board’s president, expressed satisfaction with the conclusion to a month of uncertainty about Connelly’s future.

“His resignation has been handled very professionally,” she said.

Connelly’s resignation will take effect when his vacation ends June 30. He has been on vacation for family reasons since May 4.

The district will finalize details of his severance package in the next week, said Karl W. Kristoff, attorney for the district.

Board members will begin discussing how to search for the next superintendent, Duwe said. Until then, Sylvia A. Root, whom the board appointed last week, will continue serving as the acting superintendent.

After June 30, Root will become the interim superintendent.

The board accepted Connelly’s resignation after an executive session. Connelly did not attend the meeting or reply to a telephone message left at his home.

He has accused the board of trying to oust him because he has been applying for jobs in other districts.

Last week, Duwe denied that the board wanted to dismiss him for that reason.

In another matter, Duwe announced that the board’s reorganization meeting has been set for 7 p.m. July 2 in the high school’s library.

Tyler J. Sullivan, Garret J. English and Elizabeth J. Casey will join the board as it expands from to seven members, from five. Kane did not seek re-election.