SGI School Budget Vote and Board Member Election – General Information

Pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.39 regarding school elections, school districts must now accept ballots sent via U.S. mail until Tuesday, June 16.  However, the cutoff for hand-delivered ballots remains 5pm on Tuesday, June 9.    The order states:  any receptacle used for hand delivery of absentee ballots or in-person delivery of absentee ballots in such election shall be closed and removed at 5pm on June 9, 2020.  The ballots shall remain unopened pending delivery of mailed ballots and shall be removed and canvassed after 5pm on June 16, 2020.

Pursuant to Executive Order 202.6 issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on May 1, 2020 the School Budget Vote and Board Member Election will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 and all qualified voters shall vote only by absentee ballot.  

The school vote will be conducted entirely by absentee ballot, eliminating the need for voters to travel to polling places.  Absentee ballots will be mailed to all qualified voters, along with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope.  Absentee ballots must be received at the Office of the District Clerk not later than 5:00pm prevailing time on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

The District is closely monitoring all current and future legal developments as they pertain to District elections and budget votes. Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and Governor Cuomo’s executive orders mandating the closure of all schools and modifications of school elections, the deadlines and procedures stated herein may change as required by law or consistent with further state guidance. All District residents are encouraged to closely monitor the District’s website at www.springvillegi.org for the most up-to-date information concerning the District’s annual vote.

Voter Eligibility and Absentee Ballots

To be eligible to vote, a resident of the District must be properly registered.  A resident is properly registered if he or she (1)properly registers with the Board of Elections by filing an online application with the Dept. of Motor Vehicles by visiting: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application, or (2) has registered for school election purposes and voted in any District annual or special meeting or election held during calendar years 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019.  We are making every attempt to mail absentee ballot packets to registered district residents/voters the later part of the week of May 18th.  A list of registered voters who will be mailed an absentee ballot along with a return, self-addressed stamped envelope will be available in files below starting May 13.  Registered voters are listed by polling location:  Collins Center, Colden and Springville. 

If you believe you are a registered voter and do not receive an absentee ballot packet by May 26, 2020 please contact District Clerk Kathy Tucker via email at ktucker@springvillegi.org or via office phone at 592-3230 to request an absentee ballot.


*** Colden Polling Location – List of Registered Voters

*** Collins Center Polling Location – List of Registered Voters

*** Springville High School Polling Location – List of Registered Voters


School Board Candidates

New requirements and timelines for board candidate nominations were defined within the Executive Order.  The deadline for board candidates to file a nomination with the District Clerk was Monday, May 11, 2020 by  5pm.  Pursuant to the Executive Order 202.6, school board candidates were able to self-nominate with no signatures required on a petition.   

The Board election is to fill the vacancies created by the expiration on June 30, 2020 of the terms of Chris Cerrone, Jessica Curry Schuster and Jennifer Sullivan, with the three candidates receiving the highest vote totals each to be elected to a full three-year term to commence on July 1, 2020 and expire on June 30, 2023. 

There are three (3) individuals, who are all incumbents, who submitted nominations to fill the seats:  Chris Cerrone, Jessica Curry Schuster, Jennifer Sullivan.

Public Budget Hearing

The adjourned public budget hearing for the voters of the District on the 2020-21 budget will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm.  The adjourned public hearing will be conducted remotely via Zoom, and instructions for viewing will be posted on the District website at www.springvillegi.org.

Notice of Annual School District Meeting and Vote

“Please note – there has been a change in the propositions that were originally approved by the Board of Education.  Because of the anticipated revenue challenges to our district and community due to the pandemic, the Springville Griffith Board of Education has decided to withdraw the proposition to fund a Capital Reserve for voter consideration on June 9, 2020.  The Board will consider this as an option at a future date.” 

The notice below is a legal notice which is published in the Springville Journal and Business First. 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, pursuant to Executive Order 202.6, issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo on May 1, 2020, the annual meeting and vote of the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District, Erie and Cattaraugus Counties, New York (the “District”) will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 for the purposes of voting on the District’s budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, voting on a proposition involving the acquisition of school buses, electing three (3) at-large members to the District’s Board of Education (the “Board”), and transacting such other business as may be authorized by law.  The Board election is to fill the vacancies created by the expiration, on June 30, 2020, of the terms of Chris Cerrone, Jessica Schuster and Jennifer Sullivan, with the three candidates receiving the highest vote totals each to be elected to a full three-year term to commence on July 1, 2020 and expire on June 30, 2023.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that all qualified voters shall vote only by absentee ballot.  The District will make a good faith effort to distribute absentee ballots to all qualified voters as required by Executive Order 202.26.  Voters who do not receive absentee ballots by May 26, 2020 should immediately contact the District Clerk via email at ktucker@springvillegi.org or telephone at (716)592-3230to request an absentee ballot.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that all candidates for the office of member of the Board shall be nominated by petition.  Each petition shall be directed to the District Clerk, shall state the residence of each signer, and shall state the name and residence of the candidate.  Each petition must be filed in the office of the District Clerk located in the Administrative Offices in the Springville Middle School, 267 Newman Street, Springville, New York, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., not later than Monday, May 11, 2020.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that voting on the budget and other propositions will consist of voting on the following propositions, as well as on such other propositions as are authorized by law and the rules of this Board to be voted on at such time:

PROPOSITION NO. 1—Budget

Shall the following resolution be adopted?

RESOLVED, that the budget for the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District (the “District”) for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2021, as presented by the Board of Education, is hereby approved and adopted and the required funds therefor are hereby appropriated and the necessary real property taxes required shall be raised by a tax on the taxable property in the District to be levied and collected as required by law.

PROPOSITION NO. 2—Acquisition of School Buses and Similar Vehicles (and Related Equipment)

Shall the following resolutions be adopted?

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District, Cattaraugus and Erie Counties, New York (the “District”), is hereby authorized to purchase school buses and similar vehicles (and related equipment) for use in the transportation program of the District, at an estimated maximum cost of $602,000 (with such estimated maximum cost reflecting the value of any trade-ins), and to expend therefor an aggregate sum not to exceed $602,000; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the sum of $602,000 (which may include certain up-front financing costs), plus an amount for interest thereon, shall be funded by the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of the District and collected in annual installments as provided by Section 416 of the Education Law; and be it further

RESOLVED, that in anticipation of such tax, bonds or other obligations (including, without limitation, obligations arising under leases, lease/purchase contracts or installment purchase contracts having a term of not more than five years) of the District shall be issued or entered into in accordance with applicable provisions of New York State law; and be it further

RESOLVED, that New York State Transportation Aid funds expected to be received by the District are anticipated to offset a substantial part of such costs, and such funds, to the extent received, shall be applied to offset and reduce the amount of taxes herein authorized to be levied.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that, pursuant to Executive Order 202.26, the adjourned public hearing for the voters of the District on the 2020-2021 budget will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. prevailing time.  The adjourned public hearing will be conducted remotely, and instructions for viewing will be posted on the District website at www.springvillegi.org.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Board will have prepared and completed a detailed statement in writing of the amount of money that will be required during the 2020-2021 fiscal year for school purposes, specifying the several purposes and the amount for each.  The amount for each purpose estimated as being necessary for payments to Boards of Cooperative Educational Services shall be shown in full, with no deduction of estimated State aid. The amount of State aid provided, and its percentage relationship to the total expenditures, shall also be shown.  Such statement will be made available to residents within the District, upon request, from the Office of the District Clerk, during the 14 days immediately preceding and the day set for the annual meeting and vote (exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) at each of the public school houses of the District.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that to be eligible to vote, a resident of the District must be properly registered. A resident is properly registered if he or she: (1) properly registers with the board of elections by filing an online application with the Department of Motor Vehicles, or (2) has registered for school election purposes and has voted in any District annual or special meeting or election held during calendar years 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that an absentee ballot will be sent to each eligible voter in the District prior to the date of the election.  Absentee ballots must be received at the office of the District Clerk not later than 5:00 p.m. prevailing time on the day of the annual vote. A list of persons to whom absentee ballots are issued will be available, upon request, from the office of the District Clerk on the five days preceding the annual District vote, except on Saturday and Sunday.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that, due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety and welfare of the public, the District will not be conducting personal registration for the annual District vote.  Potential voters may register with the board of elections by filing an online application with the Department of Motor Vehicles by visiting: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the register of voters will be available, upon request, from the Office of the District Clerk, during the five days prior to and the day set for voting, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that military voters who are qualified voters of the School District may apply for a military ballot by requesting an application from the District Clerk. For a military voter to be issued a military ballot, the District Clerk must have received a valid ballot application no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 14, 2020. In a request for a military ballot application or ballot, the military voter may indicate their preference for receiving the application or ballot by mail, facsimile transmission or electronic mail.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that military voters who are not currently registered may apply to register as a qualified voter of the school district by requesting and returning a military voter registration application to the District Clerk.  Completed military voter registration application forms must be received in the office of the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the Board of Registration will meet to prepare the school register. A military voter may indicate their preference for receiving the registration application by mail, facsimile transmission, or electronic mail.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the District is closely monitoring all current and future legal developments as they pertain to District elections and budget votes. Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and Governor Cuomo’s executive orders mandating the closure of all schools and modifications of school elections, the deadlines and procedures stated herein may change as required by law or consistent with further state guidance. All District residents are encouraged to closely monitor the District’s website at www.springvillegi.org for the most up-to-date information concerning the District’s annual vote.

Dated:  May 5, 2020

By Order of the Board of Education

Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District

Kathy A. Tucker, District Clerk