By Colleen Mahoney

Springville-Griffith Institute teaching alumnus Christopher Scarpine was approved as Springville Elementary School Principal at the District’s Aug. 8 Board of Education meeting. Scarpine previously worked with third, fourth and fifth grades as a classroom teacher at SES from 2005-2014.

Scarpine is the current middle school assistant principal at Lake Shore Evans-Brant Central School District. He takes over the role of SES principal from Marcole Feuz, who is moving to Colden Elementary serving in the same capacity.

Kathy Townsend, who previously held the CES principal position, moved to the role of principal for special programs. She will be responsible for developing programs and coordinating initiatives within the district. She will work to coordinate the kindergarten through 12th grade academic intervention services program throughout the 2016-17 school year, serve as an independent observer throughout the district and work to expand the universal Pre-K program.

According to Superintendent Kimberly Moritz’s blog, the job requires a dedicated administrator to remain focused on the tasks.

Feuz will begin at Colden Elementary for the 2016-17 school year, returning to the town in which she was raised and resides.

“I am excited about the opportunity to return to Colden as the elementary principal, to work with what I know is an excellent faculty and staff, and to serve the families of the community I love so much,” Feuz said in a statement on the district website.

With the addition of Scarpine, the S-GI District rounds out its administrative team. All four schools will have new principals in the 2016-17 year.

Scarpine joins James Bialasik, who took over duties at the high school, and Shanda DuClon, at the middle school, as new hires. Bialasik and DuClon began their duties on July 1. An official start date hasn’t been set for Scarpine. Until then, Rochelle Sarikey, director of special education at SES, will act as principal.

Kimberly Moritz began her duties as district superintendent on March 7, and Maureen Lee began as business official on Aug. 1.

Kate Werner continues as high school assistant principal, Joe DeMartino remains the director of physical education and athletics and JoAnn DePue will continue in her role as director of technology, assessment and data.

Mortiz acknowledged that the district had seen some turnover with its administrative team, but is ready to begin working together. She noted that the new hires, in conjunction with those who have been in the district, form a “solid, collaborative” team who can bridge the gap between the community and district.

“While this is more change at one time than anyone would likely recommend, S-GI needs to reinvent itself to step away from the leadership problems that have plagued the district for too long. The S-GI school district community can feel hopeful as we work to build trust,” Moritz said. “We have the right people in the right roles and I’m proud to work with all of them. Together with an incredible [board of education], we can make S-GI the district so many of our families and employees have told me they want it to be.”