Fulton County approves GESD action

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the county Department of Social Services and the Gloversville Enlarged School District for the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA.

ESSA legislation was passed in 2015 and addresses educational needs of children in foster care.

The board resolution passed Monday at the County Office Building notes DSS Commissioner Anne Solar requested the ESSA Memorandum of Understanding with the Gloversville school system to “safeguard foster children’s educational success” by promoting foster child attendance in their district of origin as necessary.

Supervisors authorized the MOU, effective through Dec. 31, subject to approval by County Attorney Jason Brott.

In other county human services matters:

∫ The board authorized a $21,396 contract with Top Quality Home Care for in-home services through the Office for Aging. OFA Director Andrea Fettinger recommended adding the firm as an additional provider for in-home services. The contract runs from Aug. 1 through Dec. 31.

∫ Supervisors accepted $30,000 in Family First Transition Award funds for use in DSS. The department was awarded the funding to reduce congregate care placements.

∫ The board also passed three resolutions accepting grants and other funds for the Public Health Department. Supervisors authorized acceptance of a $49,625 state Department of Health 2019-20 Emergency Preparedness Grant that runs through June 30, 2020. Supervisors accepted a $6,160 2019-20 state Child Passenger Safety Incentive Grant through the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee for the period Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020. The board also authorized acceptance of $22,396 in North Country Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program funds.

∫ A proposed resolution amending the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council’s constitution and bylaws was withdrawn at the meeting.