GJSD to talk about its budget Thursday

JOHNSTOWN — A budget discussion is scheduled for part of the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Johnstown High School small cafe.

Assistant Superintendent Ruthie Cook is due to lead the discussion, an early look at the district’s 2019-20 budget.

District officials said in August the city school system is working hard to better its budgetary situation.

District voters on May 15 didn’t approve the originally-proposed $35.8 million 2018-19 budget that needed 60 percent, coming up with only 51 percent. The district’s revamped $35.7 million budget — with a scaled down 3.7 percent tax levy increase — passed a second time June 19 by 70 percent. Although the district averted contingency, the district ended up making major cuts, as officials grappled with a $3 million budget gap.

The budget report will be given Thursday as part of superintendent reports. Other parts of superintendent reports will include: Johnstown Teacher Association reports, a Glebe Street Elementary School Penny Harvest Video presentation by Principal Abbey North, and a student liaison report.

Committee reports due to be given are from the: Long Range Planning Committee, Academic Committee, and the Extra-Curricular Committee.

The board is slated to accept an anonymous donation for Bridge Arts Ensembles.

Owners of seven properties within the Johnstown school district are due refunds for overpayment of taxes for the 2018-19 school year.

Approval of Winter Guard trips early next year to Salem, Mass.; Bethlehem, Pa.; and Dayton, Ohio; are on the agenda.

Personnel issues on the agenda include: resignations of a music teacher and custodial worker; appointment of a special education teacher; permanent appointment of a school business manager; and increasing the minimum wage for numerous employees earning less than $11.10 per hour.

The board meeting will be preceded by an Extra-Curricular Committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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