Greater Johnstown School District BOE to appoint new Warren principal

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education is expected to appoint a former Clifton Park educator as the new Warren Street Elementary School interim principal at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The board’s business meeting is in the Johnstown High School library.

Michael Smith, last employed by the Shenendehowa Central School District as the principal of Orenda Elementary School, will be taking over at Warren effective this week. The resolution in Thursday’s agenda indicates he will be paid $300 per day, effective Jan. 6 through June 30.

Smith’s appointment is expected to follow a proposed executive session to discuss matters that may lead to an appointment.

Former Warren Street Elementary School Principal Nicole Lent left that position to become the district’s new director of special education, pupil services and special programs. Her resignation will also be accepted at the meeting.

In a district letter emailed Sunday to Johnstown school district residents, Interim Superintendent Karen Geelan said Smith was part of administration “change.” She indicated Smith, if approved Thursday, “will serve through the end of the year or until a permanent principal is hired, whichever comes first.”

“Mr. Smith is an experienced elementary principal, and has also served as the director of student services, director of pupil personnel services and a school social worker,” Geelan wrote. “He has a Bachelor of Arts in public justice and a Master’s degree in social work. Smith studied education administration at SUNY Albany. He has been described as a leader whose central focus is on students and parents, and is experienced with many of the interventions and programs we have in our Warren Street Elementary School.”

In other business Thursday, the board is slated to discuss the NYSSMA Regional Festival and the ABCD Award.

In superintendent reports, the board will hear about: request for proposals for a real estate broker and a building condition survey; a sick bank; and the STAR exemption.

Other agenda items: a local transportation agreement for students in foster care, a tuition agreement with Northern Rivers Northeast Parent and Child Society Parsons Child & Family Center; and a shared services agreement with the Fonda Fultonville School District (District of Attendance) for Special Education Services.

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