Districts agree on shelter agenda

Emergency shelter agreement reached

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Thursday approved an emergency evacuation shelter agreement between the district and the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District.

The board approved a Memorandum of Understanding that allows the Fonda-Fultonville district to use the Johnstown district’s buildings in the case of an emergency. The agreement was retroactive to the start of the current school year.

“In essence, they’re a one-campus district,” said Johnstown Superintendent Patricia Kilburn.

In case of an emergency, she said Fonda-Fultonville would probably need more than just the central school campus on Old Johnstown Road. She said the new agreement allows access to district buildings, mostly to Johnstown High School.

Kilburn said that Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Superintendent Thomas Ciaccio reached out last September to former Johnstown Superintendent Robert DeLilli to see is an evacuation shelter agreement could be worked out. She said Ciaccio walked through JHS and the high school was deemed “suitable” as an emergency shelter for Fonda-Fultonville.

Kilburn said the agreement was already approved by the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District, so it is now final.

In other business, the board formally the district’s Property Tax Report Card for 2017-18, which must by law be submitted to the state Education Department. The form notes the proposed budget for the next school year totals $33.9 million, with an $8.3 million levy. Adjusted unrestricted fund balance was listed as $1.3 million. The enrollment for the district was listed as 1,720 students.

The board approved first readings of five revised policies regarding: budget adoption, financial accountability, probation and tenure, disciplining of a tenured teacher or certified personnel, and leaves of absence. The policies will have a second reading and resolutions for adoption at the board’s next meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 26 at Knox Junior High School.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.