School faculty union praised by union officials, notably for Backpack Program

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District’s faculty union was praised by district and union officials Thursday night for their donations to the school community, especially the Backpack Program.

District Superintendent Patricia Kilburn recognized Johnstown Teachers Association members who have contributed to the Backpack Program through payroll, during her monthly report to the Board of Education at Johnstown High School. The program provides free backpacks to students.

“It’s very discreet,” Kilburn said of the union’s donations.

Kilburn said 74 members of the JTA have made over $2,300 in contributions to help Johnstown school children.

JTA President Nancy Lisicki added that during the 2017-18 school year, JTA members contributed 468 bags of food for 16 children. She said 2,808 members have funded programs that help many children by “dipping into their pockets.”

“We’re pretty fortunate to have such a great group of people,” the union leader said.

In regular board business Thursday:

∫ The board changed its scheduled Nov. 8 meeting to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Johnstown High School.

∫ Cooperative bids approved for the 2018-19 school year were: milk bid –Skiff’s Dairy, $48,000; bread bid – Bimbo Bakeries USA, $12,000; chemical products bid — Hill & Markes, $3,000; paper products bid — Hill & Markes, $7,500, Driscoll Foods, $8,500 and US Foods Albany, $2,000; ice cream bid — Gillette Creamery, $3,500. Driscoll Foods and US Foods Albany also won grocery, meat and dairy and processed foods bids.

∫ Board members approved a Memorandum of Agreement between the Greater Johnstown School District and the Family Counseling Center in Gloversville for counseling, crisis intervention and referral services for students in need during the 2018-19 school year.

∫ The board accepted the recommendation of the superintendent to approve the levy of taxes for the 2018-19 school year in the amount of $8.6 million and approve the individual tax rates per $1,000 as follows: city of Johnstown — $15.02; town of Johnstown — $21.51; town of Ephratah –$20.90; town of Palatine — $28.26; city of Gloversville — $14.42.

∫ Approved was a Memorandum of Agreement between the Greater Johnstown School District and the Civil Service Employees Association, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.

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