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Valley Viewpoints: Dedicated board member

by Bob and Sandy Weston of Fulton

We would like to commend assistant editor Nicole Reitz and The Valley News for the article that appeared Saturday, June 30 on the 21-year service on the Fulton School Board by Robbin Griffin. The article was well written and it was so good to hear Robbin’s responses.

We have known Robbin for a number of years and have always admired her hard work, dedication, leadership qualities and experience that she has provided the Fulton community by way of the school board.

She has never shied away from the many challenges that continually impact our educational system.

Serving on the school board is very demanding, time consuming and often a thankless job, but we are fortunate to have an outstanding board that works very hard to make sure that our students receive the very best education possible.

We know that even though Robbin will no longer be a member of the board, the work she has done over the last 21- years leaves a strong foundation to build on.

Whatever Robbin chooses to do, she will continue to be involved in her community. We wish her well and if you see her out and about, thank her for a job well done.


Meeting adjourned: Final Fulton Board of Education meeting for Robbin Griffin

by Nicole Reitz

Robbin Griffin, a 21-year member of the Fulton Board of Education, said goodbye to her fellow colleagues during Tuesday’s meeting.

Griffin’s three-year term ends June 30. She will be replaced by former board member Dan Pawlewicz, who will rejoin the table next month.

Griffin first ran for a seat on the school board in 1991. At that time, she had attended board meetings for ten years and was an active member of the Friends of Fairgrieve Parent Group.

Twenty-one years ago, the school board was much different and didn’t have the policies that exist today, said Griffin.

“We had absolutely nothing written down,” she said.

Now, there are more than 9,000 policies outlined in the district’s handbook. These policies include expectations of the staff as well as the intent of the district.

“Overall, the development of strong policies are beneficial for kids and people who work in our system,” noted Griffin.

In the last two decades, Griffin said the board is more accepting and open to accountability. She added that she is also proud of her peers’ commitment to the board.

As far as the students, Griffin said technology has changed the classroom. Students are more distracted with handheld technology and need interaction. Teachers have to be more in-tuned to the millennial generation, which requires them to make plans above and beyond a sit and listen lecture.

“Expectations of students are much more rigorous than they were 21 years ago,” said Griffin.

She often jokes at monthly public meetings that her grandson is going to be more knowledgeable than her soon.

To keep up with her knowledge of education, Griffin sits on many committees. She has sat on the audit committee since its formation, which she described as a well-working group that works at a high level of performance. In the past, she also served on a committee that studied student eligibility.

Throughout her career, Griffin said she has kept her focus on education, whether it be focused on the school board or lobbying in Albany or Washington, D.C.

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Valley Viewpoints: Job well done

by David Cordone, Fulton Board of Education member

I am writing this letter to express my gratitude to those who performed their civic duty in voting on the recent school budget and for the candidates who had entered the race for two open seats on the Fulton Board of Education.

The margin of support for our schools was amazing! Thank you! Although this election cycle provided fewer interested candidates than the last cycle, the priorities and issues facing public education remain significant for the children of our community, our state, and our nation.

Fulton is fortunate to have an outstanding school district, a teaching staff that is comprised of outstanding educators and administrators, and community members who are willing to volunteer their service on our school board.

I wish to congratulate Rosemary Occhino her re-election and Daniel Pawlewicz on his election success to return to the Fulton Board of Education.

As experienced board members, I trust and know that they will continue to place the needs of our students first as I have served with them both.

The Fulton City School District was fortunate to have three outstanding candidates seeking election to two available seats on the board this cycle.

As one of our candidates was not able to be successful, I must take this opportunity to share my gratitude as a parent, fellow board-member, and as an educator to Robbin Griffin for her 21 years of service on the Fulton Board of Education.

Only those who have served in this capacity can relate entirely to her commitment to our collective cause.

Robbin has served as a highly effective school board member, in my opinion, not only locally, but she has been a presence in that role at the state and national levels as well.

As I began my board service with Robbin 11 years ago, I can attest to her immeasurable passion and leadership skill, her depth of knowledge, willingness to hear and imagine multiple perspectives, her commitment to the Fulton City School District, but most importantly that her only motivation through it all was our children and students, and the opportunities they deserve.

Our community, our school district, but most importantly the children and students of the Fulton City School District are the beneficiaries of Mrs. Griffin’s vision and her commitment to and her love for our community. This is her legacy as a leader.

It is with great privilege as a colleague that I must say, “Job well done, Mrs. Griffin.

You have been a tremendous leader and mentor to your colleagues, and you have set the bar very high for those who follow you in service.”

Valley Viewpoints: Friendships forged

by Robbin Griffin of Fulton

I wish to express my sincerest thanks to those of you that took the time to vote in the recent school-board election. I am grateful for the support of our budget and referendums. It was a great evening for our school district and its students!

I am also grateful for the many years that you allowed me to serve as one of your representatives on the board of education. Each election left me feeling humbled as well as grateful for your confidence and trust.

Throughout my years of service, I worked to balance the needs of our students with that of our community. I wish to thank everyone of you that ever reached out to me to express your opinions, allowing me to better understand the varied ideas and needs of our students and residents.

While we may not have always agreed, I always filed away the points of concern, which caused me to pause and consider other points of view before exercising my vote on the issues.

I wish to thank our state and federal leaders for making the time to meet with myself and others to share concerns, views and sometimes brainstorm for solutions to the many issues our schools faced over the last 21 years.

I must also thank my fellow board members throughout New York State, especially those from Oswego County who allowed me to work with them in an effort to make our collective voice heard in our state and federal capitols.

My thanks to the many administrators who helped educate me about the many needs of our students here and Fulton and Oswego County.

To the many folks who served on the Fulton board over my years of service, thank you for your commitment to making the board function effectively, thank you for the many things you each taught me and for the shared humor which made the work so much more enjoyable.

To the many teachers and students of the Fulton School District and Oswego County BOCES, thank you for the many moments you shared with me over the years. I am blessed to have had so many “first day of school” moments, opportunities to read to your students and presentations that you shared with the board.

So what is my take away from all this experience? I take with me many memories that include students of all ages (some now parents themselves), long nights working on policies, contract discussions, personnel issues and capitol project planning.

I take with me years of financial learning that changed my outlook on how things work in a community. I also take with me a hefty knowledge of what it takes to make a school district run in the 21st century.

If you haven’t been asking kids what they learned recently through their education studies, you are missing out on the significant changes that have been and continue to take place in our curriculum and classrooms. Lastly, and most importantly, I take with me the greatest surprise of community service: the many treasured relationships with those I was lucky to serve with locally and beyond. I didn’t expect to get anything for my board service but must admit that the time spent with our youth and the friendships I forged made all the late nights and difficult meetings seem insignificant in comparison.

Thank you all and thank you editor for providing coverage of the important work that occurs in our public schools.