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SGI Board Appoints Moritz as Superintendent

The Springville Griffith Institute (SGI) Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberly Moritz as its next Superintendent of Schools. Moritz is currently serving as the Superintendent for the Randolph Central School District and has held that position since October,2008. She will take the helm in Springville on March 7.

“Our students, our staff and our broader community are going to benefit from tonight’s appointment,” said Board President Allison Duwe. “In Kim Moritz, SGI will have the ethical, effective and engaged leader that it needs and deserves; a passionate individual with the ability to guide our District to a brighter future.”

Moritz began her career in education in 1990 and will bring to SGI experience as a talented and skilled administrator, high school and middle school principal, and as a classroom teacher.  Moritz’ career has been focused on increasing student achievement in the school communities she has served.

In collaboration with teachers, parents and administrators, she effectively supported the roll-out of the Common Core Learning Standards at Randolph, raised achievement levels and increased opportunities for students.

“During my time in Randolph, the entire school community has worked hard to provide our students with the very best educational programs possible. We have worked together to develop a comprehensive, coherent instructional program in which we support every student. Our athletic and extra-curricular opportunities are outstanding, our school climate is positive, and our financial position is strong,” said Moritz. “I am going to miss everyone at Randolph dearly, but I am ready for a new challenge.  I believe that I can help make Springville an even better school district.”

The Springville Board of Education conducted an extensive search for a Superintendent. The Board requested the services of the Office of the District Superintendent for the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES to fill the leadership post. Dr. David O’Rourke served as the Board’s search consultant and worked with the Board on all aspects of the search.

O’Rourke said, “Springville has a high quality school system with an experienced Board of Education and committed administration, faculty and staff who care deeply about their students. Kim Moritz is a bright, accomplished, and skilled educational leader.  I am looking forward to working with Kim as she takes on this new leadership position at Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District.”

Moritz earned her Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Humanities Education from Gannon University in May 1985; her Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the SUNY at Fredonia in 1994 and her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY Fredonia in 2001.  She maintains memberships in numerous professional organizations and currently serves on the New York State Council of School Superintendents House of Delegates and the Commissioner’s Advisory Council.

Though appointed by the Board at its January 5 meeting, Moritz will not begin service in the District until March 7. Until that point, Sylvia Root will continue to serve as SGI’s Interim Superintendent of Schools.

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