GJSD Board presents ABCD Awards

Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education President Christopher Tallon, left, explains the district's new ABCD Award Thursday night at Johnstown High School. Knox Junior High School teacher Gloria Bruno, right, was the first recipient recognized. At center is Interim Superintendent Karen Geelan. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education last week presented its first-ever “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty,” or ABCD Awards to deserving district employees.

Receiving ABCD Awards at the board’s meeting at Johnstown High School were: Gloria Bruno, a social studies teacher at Knox Junior High School; and Quinn Swartwout, a sixth grade teacher at Warren Street Elementary School. They were presented with certificates and gold and purple pins.

“We’ve had many submissions in the past several months,” said board member Joseph LoDestro.

Interim Superintendent Karen Geelan added: “This is the first lot of winners.”

It was noted that Bruno is an organizer of school events, and has taken students on walking tours of Johnstown.

Swartwout helps students deal with technology issues and treats each student with respect, it was noted.

Members of the Greater Johnstown School District community were invited to nominate district employees for public recognition through the district’s new ABCD Award. The award will be presented to nominated employees each quarter throughout the school year. Any member of the school community — students, parents, residents and district employees — can nominate individuals through a form on the district website. Nominations are anonymous, unless the nominator provides his or her name in the nomination form.

“Johnstown employees go above and beyond the call of duty every day, but they don’t always get the public recognition they deserve,” Geelan indicated on the district website. “Through the ABCD Award, we have the opportunity to thank them for the work they do and share the stories about how they are making a difference in the lives of our students with the entire community.”

Also during the “congratulations and celebrations” portion of the meeting, the board recognized three students who participated in the New York State School Music Association’s Zone 7 Area-All State Music Festival last November at Saratoga Springs High School. They were Anna Crouse, CeCe D’Amore and Jacob Frenyea.

JHS Principal Scott Hale introduced the “talented” students, adding: “Thank you for representing Johnstown.”

The students thanked the board for supporting arts in the district, and handed out T-shirts to board members and administrators.

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