Warren principal to take new post

JOHNSTOWN — Five-year Warren Street Elementary School Principal Nicole Lent is assuming a different administrative position within the Greater Johnstown School District, effective Jan. 6.

The Board of Education on Thursday night at Johnstown High School gave her a probationary appointment as the district’s new director of special education, pupil services and special programs.

The term runs through Jan. 3, 2024 and Lent’s new annual salary was listed as $90,000.

“Mrs. Lent has a background in special education and leadership,” said district Interim Superintendent Karen Geelan.

The district will have to hire her replacement as principal of Warren Street Elementary School.

Board action Thursday night followed a 15-minute closed-door executive session to discuss employment history of personnel.

Lent has served as Warren’s principal since 2014, when she replaced Scott Ziomek. Prior to that, she served as assistant principal at the Gloversville Middle School. She also had served as an elementary teacher in the Northville Central School District, teaching grades one, two and four for nearly 10 years. She also taught special education in the Mayfield Central School District and at Maple Avenue Middle School in Saratoga Springs.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the State University of New York at Cortland, a master of science degree in special education from Russell Sage College Graduate School in Troy, and administrative certification through the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass.

In other personnel matters Thursday:

∫ The board granted tenure to two staff members.

Glebe Street Elementary School second grade teacher Christina Rau was given a probationary appointment to tenure as an elementary teacher in the district. Her probationary period expires Jan. 3. It was noted Rau helps students with writing and literacy.

Knox Junior High School teaching assistant Ann Blackwood was also granted tenure. She was appointed to the position Feb. 1, 2016. She holds a valid state certificate and her probationary period expires Jan. 31.

Knox Principal Robert Kraemer said Blackwood has built relationships with students, especially in the Study Skills Class.

“For us, this is really a no-brainer,” he said of her tenure.

∫ The board accepted the resignation of Abigal Cook, food service helper, retroactive to Nov. 26.

∫ Rebecca Hart-DeMagistris was appointed Sir Bills Athletic Fund treasurer for the 2019-20 school year at a stipend of $2,500 annually.

∫ Term appointments for winter coaching staff were: Nicholas DiCaprio, wrestling assistant –$2,835 stipend; and Amanda Davey, girls basketball assistant — $2,976 stipend.

∫ Permanent appointments were approved for Cynthia Royce, food service helper; and Susan Arminio, teacher aide. A probationary appointment was also approved for Tiffany Morey, teacher aide.

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