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Springville-Griffith names new superintendent

A new superintendent brings 15 years of administrative experience to the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District. 

Kimberly Moritz was appointed superintendent of Springville Griffith Tuesday. She has been superintendent in the Randolph Central School District in Cattaraugus County.,

“I think it can be one of the best districts in Western New York,” she said.

Board members narrowed the field to three finalists who underwent a 13-hour day of interviews by six committees. 

Allison Duwe, board president, emphasized Moritz’s history of improving districts’ academic performance. 

“She fit the mold of what the board wanted — an experienced instructional leader with a record of increasing student achievement,” she said. 

Moritz has been the Randolph district’s superintendent for seven years. She previously served as assistant superintendent and high school principal in the Gowanda Central School District, Randolph High School principal, assistant principal at Frontier Middle School and a business and Spanish teacher in the Pine Valley Central School District in northern Chautauqua County. 

A Pittsburgh-area native, Moritz has lived in Gowanda since 1985. She earned a bachelor’s degree in arts and humanities from Gannon University in Erie and a master’s degree in education and advanced study certificate in education administration from Fredonia State College. 

Moritz belongs to the New York State Council of School Superintendents House of Delegates and the Commissioner’s Advisory Council.

Interim Superintendent Sylvia Root will remain in the post until March 7, when Moritz will start. Root has overseen the district since June. 

Ted Welch, business administrator, served as acting superintendent for most of May and part of June. The previous superintendent, Paul Connelly, used vacation time before resigning June 30.