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School lunch program doing better

Total revenue up, but program still showing loss

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District’s school lunch program is doing better financially than in past years, an official noted Thursday.

Board of Education President Christopher Tallon commented on the program at the board’s meeting Thursday night at Johnstown High School.

“The numbers have increased in that,” he said. “We have been improving in that. That’s a trend in the positive.”

The district had reported severe problems with the lunch program in recent years. The board on Thursday approved the treasurer’s report for November, which showed the latest school lunch profit and loss figures, as of Nov. 30. Total revenue was put at over $183,000 for the program which shows total lunches and enrollment at 11,510 — up over 11,171 from the 2018-19 school year. Officials indicated, however, there was still a loss shown for the program of $20,744.

In other action items approved by the board:

∫ The board approved a calendar of events for the district’s annual election to be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 19 in the JHS Performing Arts Center lobby. School board nominating petitions are due to the district clerk by 5 p.m. April 29. A budget hearing and candidates night (if needed) will be conducted at 6 p.m. May 5 at the JHS Lecture Hall.

∫ Board members entered into a Local Transportation Agreement from Jan. 1 o June 30 between the district and the Fulton County Department of Social Services for transportation of foster care students pursuant to state and federal law and regulations.

∫ A district tuition agreement was approved between the district and Northern Rivers Northeast Parent & Child Society Parsons Child & Family Center for certain programs or placements for special education services during a period retroactive to July 8 and running through June 23.

∫ The board approved a shared services agreement with Fonda Fultonville Central School District (district of attendance) for special education services such as programs or placements retroactive to Nov. 8 and running through June 30.

∫ Nine property owners were approved for refunds by the board for overpayment of district taxes for the 2019-20 school year. They were: Mitchell Zelich, owner of 1 Persse Ave. — $1,374; Dennis Sweeney, owner of 285 Hart Road — $961; Christopher Van Hoesen, owner of 15 Briggs St. — $1,160; Carol Bruce, owner 534 N. Market St. — $1,927; Leonce Wilson, owner of 800 S. William St. — $3,034; Lawrence O Regan, owner of 4 Mason St. — $963; Patricia Isabella, owner of 20 Water St. — $642; Gloria Balestra, owner of 8 Dove St. — $445; Patricia Teetz, owner of property on East Montgomery Street — $26.

∫ The board adopted revised policies related to the following: duties of the Extraclassroom Activity Fund central treasurer and faculty auditor; administration of the budget; Extraclassroom Activity Fund; and meal charging and prohibition against meal shaming.

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

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