District seeking counselor funding

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Department of Social Services informed the Gloversville Enlarged School District it is interested in providing a caseworker in the elementary schools, pending Board of Supervisors approval.

DSS Commissioner Sheryda Cooper last week told the board’s Human Services Committee that the city school system is applying for funding.

“The Gloversville Enlarged School District contacted our department,” Cooper said.

She said the district indicated it is preparing a grant application that “focuses on health and wellness, both physical and mental, in their elementary schools.”

Cooper said the Gloversville district inquired whether DSS and Fulton County would be interested in having a caseworker in the elementary schools again. She said the last time DSS was involved in something similar was to provide caseworker services at Gloversville Middle School and the elementary level.

“I would imagine it would pretty much be preventive services,” she said.

The grant period would run from July 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019. Cooper said there is a possibility that funding may continue beyond that time, but it is not certain. The amount of the grant and possible funding was not specified at the meeting.

Cooper told the committee she told the school district that “yes, we would be interested,” pending board approval. Supervisors haven’t given final approval yet on whether to involve DSS.

The district indicated that as in the past, it would reimburse the county the cost of salary and benefits not covered by state and federal funding.

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