Greater Johnstown School District completes committee membership

Greater Johnstown School Disrict Clerk Larraina Carpenter, right, draws and announces winners of a process for new members of the district's Long Range Planning Committee Thursday night at Knox Junior High School. At left is district Assistant Superintendent Ruthie Cook. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN –The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education rounded out its Long-Range Planning Committee membership through a lottery drawing Thursday night at Knox Junior High School.

The district recently conducted a public process by which it filled a need for some missing members.

The group’s first meeting with the new membership will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Johnstown High School.

District Clerk Larraina Carpenter told the board the school system received 16 applications from persons interested in serving on the Long-Range Planning Committee.

The district and its Board of Education put out the word late last year officials desired more participation from the public in district activities. The district conducted a process by which the public could apply through the website to be on the Long-Range Planning Committee.

Officials said the purpose of the committee is to work with educational consultants to answer the following question: Are there more efficient and effective options for organizing the district’s grades and schools to ensure a quality education for students while being fiscally responsible to taxpayers? If so, what are these options?

Prior to Thursday’s meeting, it was announced these persons would serve on the committee: Board of Education members Susanne Fitzgerald, Jennifer Sponnoble and Kathryn Zajicek, as well as Director of Facilities II David Wood and district Coordinator of Curriculum and Professional Development Nicole Panton.

Carpenter then made a final selection of the rest of the committee members through Thursday’s public drawing. Selected as the other committee members were: Jessica Stock, Knox Junior High School Principal Robert Kraemer, Meredith Fagan, Dino Vahalolos, Michael Satterlee and Melissa Cornell.

Superintendent Patricia Kilburn thanked Carpenter for coordinating the membership initiative.

In other committee action, Fitzgerald gave an Extra-Curricular Committee report from its meeting that preceded Thursday night’s board meeting. She said the panel reviewed a proposed district Code of Conduct.

“We have narrowed down a stated purpose and a general philosophy,” she said.

Fitzgerald said the committee will meet in March to hone the current code. Eventually, she said the new code will be distributed to students in the fall.

The board’s Academic Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in the JHS library.

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


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