The community comprising the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District (Village of Springville, Towns of Ashford, Aurora, Boston, Colden, Collins, Concord, East Otto, Sardinia and Yorkshire) is a vital, growing area hugging the Cattaraugus Creek, straddling southern Erie and northern Cattaraugus Counties.
Route 219, the trail for Buffalo area and Canadian skiers, golfers and vacationers, travels through the community and offers a 35-minute city commute. Its small town charm, including a historic farmer’s market/auction, is complemented by national corporate retailers.
The Springville area offers a wide variety of unique shops and small businesses, world-class hunting and fishing in woods and streams, hiking and plenty of activities for families. In the heart of ski country, there are five resorts from 15 minutes to an hour away. Springville is a crossroads for county snowmobile trails and state and county parks abound in the area.
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital serves both acute and preventative health needs. Community organizations including Springville Youth, Inc. (SYI) and Boys and Girls Clubs offer swimming and a wide variety of recreational activities for kids. Day care and Universal Pre-School are available at a private center and through a church. Nearly a dozen religious denominations are active in the area. Housing is plentiful with architecture ranging from contemporary to traditional.
Like Springville’s downtown, the S-GI school district has a rich history. Established in 1830, the school was centralized in 1941 and 1953 to combine 33 separate schools. The high school is the oldest of the district school buildings, built in 1952. Colden Elementary became more than two rooms in 1954 with Springville Elementary constructed in 1957 and the Middle School in 1977. The S-GI district currently serves about 2,100 students and has one of the largest areas of any New York district at nearly 141 square miles.