GJSD looks to approve sending 2019-20 budget to the public

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Wednesday will consider approving a 2019-20 district budget to send to district voters next month.

The board is slated to conduct a budget workshop during the regular business meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Johnstown High School’s Performing Arts Center.

Later in the session, the board is expected to approve a budget to send to district voters on May 21. At the last board budget workshop April 4, officials endorsed a two-year budget scenario. A 35 percent increase in the levy would be included in the $38.5 million 2019-20 budget, followed by a 15 percent increase in the levy for the 2020-21 budget.

In other business Wednesday night, the board approved a Property Tax Report Card for the district for the school year 2019-20 for submission to the state Education Department. Other action items are due to include: approval by the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES district to spend $3.4 million in an administrative budget; voting for BOCES board vacancies; appointment of election inspectors; adoption of the 2019-20 district calendar; and execution of a shared services agreement with the Greater Amsterdam School District for special education services.

The district’s Odyssey of the Mind team that’s headed to May’s World Finals in Michigan will give a performance during the board meeting. The Knox Junior High eighth grade team, Energetic Engineers, will perform. Johnstown Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator Kristin Meashaw will present certificates to the students.

The Board of Education will have its yearbook photo taken.

A student liaison report is also expected to be given.

Elsewhere on the agenda, the board is set to accept the state comptroller’s report examination of payroll for July 2017-Sept. 2018 and approval of a corrective action plan. The board will also consider establishing a sub-fund within the Retirement Contribution Reserve Fund.

Personnel items to come before the board will include: resignations of one administrator, administrative secretary and three teachers; and appointment of a counselor, long-term substitute teacher elementary teacher, teacher mentors, and summer special education staff.

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