Three GJSD school board seats are up

JOHNSTOWN — The seats of three Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education members expire and will be decided by the district’s annual election May 21.

The board last week approved a calendar of events for the election, which will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. All district residents will vote in the Johnstown High School Performing Arts Center lobby.

This year, the three-year terms of three of the nine board members expire July 1. They are board President Kathy Dougherty, Gregory Truckenmiller and Jennifer Sponnoble.

Anyone interested in running as a school board candidate this year can pick up nominating petitions, available at the district office and on the school website. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. May 1.

A Budget Hearing and Candidates Night will be conducted at 6 p.m. May 14 at the JHS Lecture Hall.

In other board business last week at Knox Junior High School, the board passed a resolution in response to an auditing management letter from West & Co., CPAs, P.C. The motion accepted the recommendation of Superintendent Patricia Kilburn to approve the district’s corrective action plan as set forth in the letter dated Dec. 21 to West & Co. CPAs P.C. in response to findings contained in a management letter for the period ending June 30.

Teacher Ron Savoie gave a presentation on the district’s Technology Education Program. He said the curriculum uses concepts, science and “hands on” project-based learning for district students enrolled in technology courses. The elective courses are mostly half-year ones, he said.

Savoie said the district offers 10 courses, such as computer aided drawing and design, and transportation systems. Two years ago, he said the department received a 3-D printer. In such a course, he said the students learn how to do drawings and have made keychains.

Creation of animation is also part of the technology curriculum, Savoie said.

The teacher said that in some courses, “the whole process involves the production of a product.”

On another matter, Kilburn discussed how the district’s teachers were showing movies before Christmas but the district has to come up with a coherent policy. He said all the building principals seem to have different policies regarding movies shown.

“We’re going to revisit that,” Kilburn said.

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