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GJSD to note those who go above and beyond

Plan would recognize volunteers

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District is launching a recognition effort.

The Board of Education discussed the effort recently at its meeting at Johnstown High School.

“We’re starting a volunteer recognition plan,” said Interim Superintendent Karen Geelan. “We’re recognizing those who work for us who go above and beyond the call of duty.”

Geelan said the award would be based on an employee recognition recommended to the district known as the “ABCD” Award, which stands for Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.

The board said it liked the idea of the recognition plan, and board President Christopher Tallon said the program can be tied in with one already used by Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

On another matter, Geelan presented the district’s proposed vision statement. “The Greater Johnstown School District will provide and support diverse, quality academic opportunities in collaboration with our community in order to graduate citizens with the knowledge, skills and ability to succeed in and promote a stronger society,” the statement reads.

Geelan called the statement “something to chew on.”

In regular business, the board took action on several policies. It adopted a new policy on “Student Voter Registration and Pre-Registration.” First readings were also done of these other revised and new policies: “Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus Drivers and Other Safety-Sensitive Employees,” “Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, and Other Substances,” “Child Abuse and Maltreatment,” and “District Policy Regarding Response to Intervention Process.”

The board also approved four interscholastic athletic mergers: two for varsity, junior varsity and modified wrestling and swimming with the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District; and two for modified girls’ and boys” basketball with the Wheelerville Union Free School District.

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

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