Cross-country team heads to NYC

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District’s cross country-team is headed to one of the largest invitationals next month in New York City.

Head Coach Bryan Yager gave a brief presentation on the meet to the Board of Education Thursday at Johnstown High School.

Later in its meeting, the board approved the cross-country team trip to the Bronx from 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14.

Yager introduced cross-country team members, telling the board it will attend the Manhattan Invitational at Manhattan College. He said it is one of the largest events of its kind in the nation.

“We have a good group of seniors and a good group of kids,” the coach said.

One of the team members told the board the chance to compete in the Manhattan Invitational was a “great opportunity” to represent Johnstown.

Yager said his team will be staying in Paramus, N.J. — about 20 minutes from the event. He said the event is due to have about 30 teams per race, and there may be about 13 to 15 varsity races.

Superintendent Patricia Kilburn noted that late-1960s JHS class members Larry and Carol Preston bought the team a canopy some time ago. She said the couple has now also contributed sides to the canopy, and the district is grateful for their contributions.

Another speaker at Thursday’s meeting was Johnstown Teachers Association President Nancy Lisicki. She said she hopes to highlight some of the school district’s activities in coming board meetings.

At Glebe Street Elementary School, Lisicki said special education students have been doing cooking activities on Fridays. She said the students started out honing their measuring skills, followed by working on snack mixes. The students also made apple pie in cups and made apple sauce in a crockpot.

“They’re sharing all their recipes with the staff,” Lisicki said.

The faculty union head also mentioned an activity at Knox Junior High School. She said teachers there developed a “check-in” session daily schedule. Lisicki said Knox students participate in Math Mondays, Reading Tuesdays, Wellness Wednesdays, Problem Solving Thursdays and Freaky Fridays.

Knox students have also been collecting change in a donation project for hurricane victims.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at