Johnstown school board members to tour new buildings and grounds facility

JOHNSTOWN — Several members of the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Tuesday will visit a new building the district is leasing as home of the district’s new Buildings and Grounds Department.

The board voted Thursday night at Johnstown High School to tour the new facilities building at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The building is located at 2 Industrial Park Road in the Glove Cities Industrial Park.

“We’re leasing it now,” board President Kathryn Zajicek said Friday. “In the long run, it’s given us a lot more space.”

The department’s lease at a Crescendoe Road building expired Oct. 31.

The building is the same one whose proposed purchase by the district was rejected Sept. 15 by voters. The public voted 304-272 against the proposed purchase of 2.7 acres of real property at the Glove Cities Industrial Park, which lies between the Glove Cities. If that proposition had been approved, the district would have purchased the 28,000-square-foot building at 2 Industrial Park Road for $625,000.

Zajicek said that although the district’s Buildings and Grounds Department is leasing the space now, J.F. Daley International of St. Louis, Mo. is still utilizing some of the building.

In other facilities issues Thursday, board Vice President Evamarie Mraz reported on a Facilities Committee meeting in which the district’s ongoing $39.6 million capital project was discussed. She said the committee, which she chairs, reviewed timelines and color pallets and designs for the second phase of the project.

Mraz said she and district Director of Communications and Instruction Ruthie Cook posted details on the district website with timelines and other information about the project.

“We sent out a letter to Pleasant Avenue [Elementary School] families because some construction was starting,” Mraz said.

She said said a similar letter detailing upcoming work was due to be sent out Friday to families throughout the district.

Mraz said the Facilities Committee will meet next at 5 p.m. May 4. One of the topics will be facility use forms, she said. The Johnstown district has been studying what other area school districts do regarding charging outside agencies for using their facilities.

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