Johnstown school district reading initiatives praised

JOHNSTOWN — Reading initiatives in the Greater Johnstown School District were praised during a Board of Education meeting Thursday night at Johnstown High School.

Johnstown Teachers Association President Nancy Lisicki gave a report on teachers and their initiatives in the schools. She commented about Knox Junior High School’s independent reading initiative that faculty members are involved with in the seventh and eighth grades.

Lisicki said library and media center use at the school has increased by more than 60 percent for the school year.

The faculty union president also mentioned Warren Street Elementary School’s library media services, and the school’s Garden Love group. Lisicki said that group has studied how to beautify school grounds. Students are also studying how to hold a formal meeting.

Lisicki mentioned that Warren Street fourth grade teacher Kristin Meashaw’s students were learning about anti-bullying.

At Glebe Street Elementary School, Lisicki said students are studying how to be community helpers and they took a tour of the Johnstown police station. She said second-grade teachers are also stressing tourism in their curriculum.

In regular personnel action:

∫The board accepted the resignation of Jeanine Lodestro as a part-time teaching assistant, effective Sunday. The board approved the term appointment of Lodestro, extended leave substitute business teacher, at a prorated salary of $44,805 annually, effective Nov. 13, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

∫A full-time teaching assistant position was created, effective Nov. 27.

∫Kimberly Kras was appointed as a Winterguard unpaid assistant for this school year.

∫James Mraz was also named an unpaid basketball assistant for the 2017-18 school year.

∫The board granted a probationary appointment to Ronald Shults as a custodial worker for 12 months per year at $15.41 per hour, effective Nov. 13.

∫A permanent appointment went to Alicia Gushue as a licensed practical nurse for 10 months per year at $16.56 per hour, effective Nov. 30.

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