New contract approved by board

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education recently approved a new contract for district administrators.

The board voted at a meeting to approve a Memorandum of Agreement between the Greater Johnstown School District and the Johnstown Administrators’ Association.

The agreement was executed on June 30, and details of the agreement weren’t made public on the agenda.

In other recent board business:

— Board members decided to reserve only one part of the board’s regular sessions for public comment versus two, which had been the case for several years.

— The board authorized the payment of “ordinary” contingent expenses, retroactive to July 1, 2020, until the time a contingency budget is adopted or a budget is approved per the July 28 revote. Interim Superintendent Karen Geelan said the temporary action gets the district through until the revote to pay expenses.

“We cannot purchase any equipment,” Geelan said.

— The board voted to enter into a state Department of Education instruction contract with Wheelerville Union Free School District, commencing July 1, in which all, or part of, the children of school age in grades nine to 12 residing in the Wheelerville district are entitled to be taught in the Greater Johnstown School District, and the Wheelerville district pays tuition of $2,225 for each such child admitted into Johnstown district for the 2020-21 school year.

— A resolution passed to approve the application of the Fulton County YMCA of 213 Harrison St. for the collaboration provision of Universal Pre-Kindergarten services during the 2020-21 school year for four-year-old students who reside in the district, with a program to be run by the agency under the direction of the school district. District officials had solicited proposals.

— The board approved a tutorial contract between district and Four Winds of Saratoga Springs for eligible students during the 2020-21 school year.

— Donations were accepted as follows: $10,824 from the Purple & Gold Sports Booster Club for 2019-20 winter sports; $4,428 from the Purple & Gold Sports Booster Club for 2019-20 spring sports; and $15,534 from the Johnstown Music Support Group for 2019-20 music programs.

— The following board committees were set up for the next school year: Audit, Budget & Finance Committee – Joseph LoDestro, chair, Kathryn Zajicek, Patrick Oare, Christopher Tallon; Facilities Committee – David D’Amore, chair, Zajicek, Tallon, and fourth member pending; Academic & Extra-Curricular Committee – Susanne Fitzgerald, Beverly Alves, Ronald Beck, D’Amore; Personnel Committee – Tallon, chair, LoDestro, Oare, Joyel Richardson.

Named as school ambassadors for the 2020-21 school year were: Pleasant Avenue Elementary School – Tallon, Oare, Richardson, Warren Street Elementary School – LoDestro, D’Amore, Tallon; and Johnstown Junior-Senior High School – Alves, Fitzgerald, Beck.

Alves will be the Districtwide Health & Safety Committee representative.

Richardson will be the Wellness Committee representative.


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