Cotter may stay on at Pleasant Ave.

Expresses to BOE she likes the position

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education this week is playing musical chairs with principals, including possibly rehiring a former principal on an interim basis.

The board meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Johnstown High School small cafeteria.

On the agenda are personnel items impacting both JHS and Pleasant Avenue Elementary School. Former Pleasant Avenue Principal Michelle Gabree-Huba resigned Oct. 6. She took an administrative position with the Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park, N.Y. Former principal Joyce Caputo has been filling in as Pleasant Avenue principal.

Board President Kathy Dougherty said Tuesday that JHS Assistant Principal Corinne Cotter — hired in May 2015 — has also been filling in for Caputo. But Dougherty said Cotter has since expressed a liking for the position.

“She said, ‘I probably should have applied for the position,'” Dougherty stated.

The board on Thursday will entertain two resolutions related to Cotter. One is to approve a leave of absence for her JHS assistant principal position, effective immediately until June 30. The other is to approve Cotter as interim principal of Pleasant Avenue Elementary School during the same time period.

Dougherty said Cotter will serve as the elementary principal the rest of the school year to “see how it goes.”

Meanwhile, the board Thursday night will consider appointing former JHS Principal Michael Beatty as interim high school assistant principal for the rest of the school year. He will be paid $275 per day.

Beatty retired July 1, 2015 after 38 years in education. Of those 38 years, 33 were with the Greater Johnstown School District. He served the last 13 years as JHS principal.

In other business Thursday, the board is slated to hear these presentations and reports: internal audit report from Questar III; Freshman Academy report from JHS science teacher Heidi Bolebruch; “building happenings” by Johnstown Teacher Association President Nancy Lisicki; August graduates by Superintendent Patricia Kilburn; and a Facilities Committee report.

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