School board discuss open seats

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education last week discussed the May 21 board election, for which three board seats are available.

The three-year seats of current board President Kathy Dougherty, Vice President Greg Truckenmiller and board member Jennifer Sponnoble expire this year. Dougherty and Truckenmiller aren’t seeking reelection. Sponnoble is believed to be running again.

Potential board candidates have until 5 p.m. May 1 to file their petitions with the district.

District Clerk Larraina Carpenter said Tuesday that only one official candidate — Chris Tallon — has emerged by filing so far.

The board’s annual election vote is set for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 21 at Johnstown High School.

Carpenter told the board it will not be determined until after the May 1 deadline whether the district will have enough potential candidates to conduct a future Candidates Night ahead of the election.

In other election-related business last week, the board approved Ann Stefka to serve as a volunteer poll worker, to assist as needed, for the May 21 Board of Education election and budget vote. Rosemary Lesser and RoseAnn Duross were also appointed to serve as additional election inspectors for the election, with each inspector paid $11.10 per hour as compensation.

The board approved the HFM BOCES administrative budget totaling $3,375,889 for the 2019-20 school year.

Board members cast one vote each for Joanne Freeman and Harry Brooks to continue serving on the BOCES District Board of Education.

In other business, the board approved district students attending the Odyssey of the Mind trip to the World Finals in East Lansing, Mich. from May 21 to 27.

The board accepted the state Comptroller’s Office’s report of examination of district payroll for July 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018, and approval of a related Corrective Action Plan.

Adopted was a district calendar for the 2019-20 school year.

The board also approved a Shared Services Agreement between the Greater Amsterdam School District, as the district of attendance, and the Greater Johnstown School District, as the district of residence, for certain programs or placements for special education services during the period, retroactive to March 14 and running through June 30.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at