School board accepts resignations

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Wednesday accepted several resignations, including that of the district’s special education administrator.

Among personnel items handled by the board at Johnstown High School, the resignation of Sara Lewis as director of special education, pupil services and special programs was approved. Her resignation is effective the end of the day, June 28.

Other resignations approved by the board included these teachers: Glebe Street Elementary School second grade teacher Jessica Porter, Warren Street Elementary School physical education teacher Justin Roehl, and Warren special education teacher Jennifer Claus. All three resignations are effective the end of the day, Aug. 31.

The retirement date of Ann Stefka, administrative secretary, was moved up by the board from Oct. 5 to June 15.

In other personnel items:

∫ The board approved a leave of absence for Nina Kosiba, as teaching assistant, retroactive to March 26 and running through June 30.

∫ Term appointments of substitute elementary teachers Ashley Ackert and Nina Kosiba were approved.

Ackert was named as a long-term substitute elementary teacher at $110.40 per day, retroactive to March 27 and running through May 22.

Kosiba was named as an extended leave substitute elementary teacher at a $44,805 prorated annual salary, retroactive to March 26 and running through June 30.

∫ Beth Brower was appointed as mentor coordinator for the 2019-20 school year. Appointed as teacher mentors were: Katrina Bevington, Heidi Bolebruch, Kaitlin O’Keefe, Karlene Peck Jessica Stock and Karen Toscano.

∫ The board appointed the following 2.5 hours per day, summer special education staff from July 2 through Aug. 10: Karen Toscano, special education teacher, Kayla Dutcher, teaching assistant, Dorothy Guzielek, teaching assistant, Leslie Shibley, aide, and Deb Ruggeri, nurse.

∫ Matthew Boyle was named a lifeguard for the 2018-19 school year.

∫ A term appointment was made for Jennifer Jurica-Sweeney as volunteer head chaperone for the district Odyssey of the Mind program for the 2018-19 school year, at no additional compensation.

∫ Other appointments included: Rebecca Whelly, teacher aide, 10 months per year, $11.10 per hour, retroactive to March 21; Ava Rizzo-Williams, custodial worker, 12 months per year, $11.10 per hour, effective June 30; and Meagan Little, long-term substitute special education teacher, $110.40 per day, anticipated from May 6 through June 30.

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