JOHNSTOWN - The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education recently approved several personnel items, including term appointments for co-curricular staff for the 2010-11 school year.
The board met at Johnstown High School and approved the recommendations of Superintendent Katherine Sullivan to appoint these co-curricular advisers for the coming school year, with the following stipends:
-JHS Student Council adviser Anne Bagot - $2,856;
-JHS SADD advisor Kathleen Smith - $1,143;
-Winter Color Guard Director Christine VanValkenburgh - $2,285;
-JHS Science Club adviser Tara Bruce - $2,571;
-JHS Post Prom Coordinator Tracy Diviyak - $1,143;
-JHS Technology Club volunteer advisor Michael Valovic - non-paid; JHS International Club advisor Antoinette Calderwood - $2,856;
-JHS yearbook adviser Carm D'Amore - $3,428;
-JHS yearbook assistant Kathleen Smith - $1,713;
-JHS newspaper adviser Katie Catucci - $1,713;
-junior class advisor Jennifer O'Neil - $1,428; and
-sophomore class advisors Christina Palmiotto and Heather McGuire - $1,143 each.
In other personnel items, the board approved the retirements of cook Linda Mittler on June 24 and bus driver Alan Spawn June 30.
"It's sad to see Al leave," said board member Scott Miller.
The board also approved the retirements of reading teacher Linda Cecconi and school psychologist Rosemary Podbielski, both effective July 1.
Department coordinators named by the board for 2010-11 were: Mark Ralbovsky, English 7-12; Ruthie Cook, science 7-12; Sean Russo, social studies 7-12; and Linda Restive, mathematics 7-12; all $2,500; and Joann Smith, foreign language 7-12, $1,500. Restive also receive a $350 longevity payment.
An unpaid leave of absence was granted to special education teacher aide Debra Ammann from September to December.
Other personnel action included the appointment of Clint Froschauer, a teacher on special assignment at Knox Junior High School through June 30. He was appointed after parents' concerns about bullying came to light. He will remain in the social studies tenure area and will continue to accrue full-time seniority in that area.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.