September 13, 2008

Springville Schools Tap New Superintendent

By Barbara O'Brien

The Springville-Griffith Institute Central School Board has selected Vicki A. Wright to succeed Brenda Peters as the district's superintendent.

The board is expected to appoint Wright at Tuesday's meeting, and she would begin work Oct. 6.

From 2003 until June, Wright had been superintendent of the Ravena-Coeymans- Selkirk Central School District in the Albany area. Before that, she was director of secondary education for the Jamestown City School District.

"She was looking to come back in this area," said Michael Connors, board president.

"I'm very happy to be coming back to Buffalo," said Wright, who was born in Buffalo and attended Kenmore- Town of Tonawanda schools.

She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in secondary education with a minor in English from the University at Buffalo and started teaching English at Kenmore East High School. She then taught at the University of Alaska and coowned a child-care center from 1974 to 1984.

Wright has served as a principal in Starpoint, Depew and Newark school districts. In 1997, she was named director of curriculum, assessment and testing for Silver Creek Central School District.

Colden Elementary Principal Jack Mann has been Springville's interim superintendent since Peters retired last month.

The board had interviewed four of the 12 applicants for the position.

"She went through an extensive interview process," Connors said. "Clearly her personality very much fit the needs of the district."

He called her a strong leader and good communicator.

Connors said the board is counting on Wright to realign the curriculum so Springville graduates continue to meet the needs of employers.

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