‘Student success’ caseworker job created

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors approves personnel matters Monday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday created what the county is calling a “student success” caseworker for the Department of Social Services to prevent school absenteeism.

DSS requested the full-time, two-year position, which will pay $23.28 per hour to start, effective Sept. 1 and running through Aug. 31. 2021. The department hopes to focus on preventive services for families with young children experiencing educational neglect or chronic absenteeism. The cost of the caseworker is being reimbursed through state aid.

“I think this will be a tremendous asset for prevention,” said Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Gregory Young.

Gloversville 2nd Ward Supervisor Frank Lauria Jr. noted the caseworker will work with parents of absentee school children — “probably the biggest problem.”

“I think this is a long time coming,” said Gloversville 1st Ward Supervisor Marie Born.

Born, chairwoman of the Human Services Committee, said there are some children in Fulton County who miss 80 days of school during the school year, which is “unthinkable.”

DSS Commissioner Anne Solar will monitor the success of the new trial “student success” caseworker and report to Born’s committee on a periodic basis regarding its merits and accomplishments. Continuation of renewal of the position is contingent upon continued state of federal funds.

In other personnel action by the board Monday at the County Office Building:

∫ Supervisors authorized contracts with attorneys John Clo and William Lorman for assisted outpatient treatment orders in the county Community Services Department.

∫ The board waived the Fulton County residency rule for the hiring of a special patrol officer for BOCES and designating the Fulton County Sheriff’s Alliance Unit as the collective bargaining unit for the position. The position will be in the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Richard Giardino was authorized to hire an out-of-county resident for the post.

∫ The title of administrative assistant in the Public Defender’s Office was changed to legal administrative assistant. Related resolutions approved set a public hearing regarding creation of an office of assigned counsel, creating a part-time assigned counsel administrator position, and creating a legal administrative assistant position in the office of counsel administrator,

∫ Supervisors authorized a $50 per hour contract with Sean Geraghty of Albany for planning consultant services in the Fulton County Planning Department He is not to exceed 15 hours per week. Geraghty will be stepping down as county senior planner on Friday. His private contract will run from September through the rest of the year.

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