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Personnel moves made by Johnstown school board

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education approved personnel items during its recent online meeting, including a “dean of students” special assignment position.

The board appointed a teacher on special assignment, or TOSA.

The board resolved to create a part-time, .6-full-time equivalent “dean of students” position, effective Sept. 1.

On Interim Superintendent Karen Geelan’s recommendation, Katie McCumber was appointed.

She was named a teacher on special assignment and appointed as a .4-full-time equivalent physical education teacher, for the 2020-2021 school year.

Officials said that while in this assignment as a TOSA, McCumber will remain in the physical education tenure area and all time spent as a full-time employee — in the positions of dean of students and physical education teacher — will be credited as time in the physical education tenure area.

If McCumber’s assignment as dean of students is terminated during this school year, she has the right to return to a full-time position in the physical education tenure area.

The board accepted the recommendation of Geelan to approve with regrets the resignation of Betsy Thomas, as account clerk typist in the business office, for the purpose of retirement effective Nov. 30.

“She is a woman who puts her heart into everything she does,” Geelan said.

In other personnel matters, the board passed a motion to approve the substitute appointment of Ruth Brown, food service, effective Sept. 1, through June 30, 2021, at the substitute food service pay rate adopted by the Board of Education July 7.

The board passed a motion to name Jamie Miller as a substitute custodial worker during the 2020-21 school year.

Board members approved a Memorandum of Agreement between the Greater Johnstown School District and the Johnstown Teachers Association, as executed on July 29.

Sarah Cordts, library media specialist, resigned effective Sept. 2.

The board accepted the resignation of Julie Umar as special education teacher, effective Aug. 16.

The resignation of Brittany Brown, food service helper, was approved effective Sept. 1.

A child care leave of absence was granted, pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act, for Nicole Bradt, school secretary, anticipated to begin Oct. 29 and continuing for 12 weeks, utilizing accrued paid and unpaid leave time.

A motion passed to amend the appointment of Rebecca Whelly as a teacher aide to 5.0 hours per day, $11.98 per hour, effective Sept. 1.

By resolution adopted on April 17, 2019, she was previously granted a permanent appointment as a teacher aide, 10 months per year, effective March 21, 2019.

The next regularly-scheduled meeting for Johnstown will be a business meeting on Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Johnstown Junior-Senior High School.

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

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