School board approves personnel moves

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education approve various personnel moves Thursday night at Johnstown High School, including resignations and a retirement.

The board approved the resignation of Melissa Blanchard as class of 2018 co-advisor, effective March 29.

The resignation of Diane Klim as a teacher aide, retroactive to Feb. 28, was also accepted by the board. She was then given a probationary appointment as a teaching assistant in the teaching assistant tenure area, at $12.50 per hour, for 7.5 hours per day. Her appointment is pursuant to the Johnstown Teachers Association’s collective bargaining agreement, retroactive to March 1 and running through Feb. 28, 2022.

A child care leave of absence for Julie Rogers, special education teacher, was approved. It is anticipated her leave will be from Aug. 16 through Oct. 8.

The resignation due to retirement of Patricia R. St. Peter, school secretary, was approved. The retirement is effective June 29.

The board approved the probationary appointment of Rebecca Whelly as teacher aide, 10 months per year, at $10.40 per hour, effective March 21.

Named with term appointments as spring coaches for the 2017-18 school year were: Tom Horning, girls lacrosse assistant junior varsity — $2,777 stipend; and Scott Chamberlain, girls lacrosse assistant modified — $2,331 stipend.

The board appointed the following as mentors for the 2017-18 school year: Anne Bagot, Katrina Bevington, Jennifer Casey, Heidi Bolebruch, Robin Farrell, Kaitlin O’Keefe, Karlene Peck, Jessica Stock, Karen Toscano, Quinn Swartwout.

In other action, the board approved the senior class of 2018 trip to Virginia Beach, Va; leaving Johnstown High School June 1 at 12:30 a.m. and returning on June 3 at approximately 10 p.m.

JTA President Nancy Lisicki during the public comment section of the meeting challenged the board to think of “other funding mechanisms” for field trips. She said, for example, the district can seek grants to fund field trips.

“We have to find a different way,” Lisicki said.

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