Three open BOE seats in this year’s GJSD election

JOHNSTOWN — Voters in the Greater Johnstown School District will fill three open seats on the Board of Education at the district’s annual election this spring.

The board recently authorized the district clerk to publish election notices. The district’s annual election and budget vote will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 19 at Johnstown High School.

District voters will decide on the filling of three seats to serve three-year terms beginning July 1. They are current offices held by board members Beverly Alves, Evamarie Mraz and Noelle Smrtic.

In other business, the board appointed Charlotte Leo (Democrat) of 2 Chamberlain Drive, and Thomas Ruehle (Republican), of 16 North East Ave., to the Board of Registration for a one-year term, effective Feb. 6. A Board of Registration meeting will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. May 5 at the JHS auditorium lobby. A flat rate of pay for each member will be $11.80 per hour for a total of $47.20 for each meeting consisting of four hours.

The board appointed Leo, Ruehle, Sally Ostrander, Rosemary Lesser, Nancy Gill and RoseAnn Duross to serve as election inspectors for the May 19 board election and budget vote. Each inspector to be paid $11.80 per hour. The resolution also authorized the district clerk to fill any vacancies in the positions which may occur on or before May 19, with individuals from the Board of Elections Inspector Personnel List.

Board members accepted a $2,500 grant donation from the Frank E. Perrella Charitable Trust for the DiscoverU innovation lab project.

The board also accepted a $1,000 donation for district athletics from TrustCo Bank.

Refunds were given for overpayment of school taxes to the following property owners: City of Johnstown, Lawrence Van Alstyne, 26 Whitmore Ave. — $36.45; Ashley Duross, 1623 Route 67, town of Johnstown — $2,008.53; Joseph Casale, 117. S. Melcher St. — $570.28; Tom Nills, two properties on Whitmore Ave. — about $124; Susan Smith, 401 W. Main St. — $1,087.85.

In other board discussion, Mraz reminded the public about not parking in the circle in front of the high school. During the board meeting, there were several vehicles parked there.

“There’s supposed to be no parking in the circle,” Mraz said.

She said the circle area is for emergency vehicles only, such as fire trucks, ambulances and police cars.

“Maybe we need to really start enforcing that,” Mraz said.

JHS Principal Scott Hale said barriers could be placed preventing vehicles from entering the circle, but it was noted that would prevent people from legally parking in the handicapped spaces in front of the school.

On another matter, board President Christopher Tallon said he would like to see board members volunteer to attend PTA meetings on a “rotational basis.” He said he would send out an email soliciting interest.

Tallon also noted upcoming events in the district, including a Winter Guard Home Show at 5 p.m. March 7 at JHS; and Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition March 14 at JHS.

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