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23 named to ABCD Award

JOHNSTOWN — Twenty-three members of the Greater Johnstown School District’s Facilities Department have been named winners of the district’s latest ABCD Award for excellence.

The acronym for the ABCD Award is “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.”

Members of the Johnstown school district community nominate district employees for public recognition through the district’s ABCD Award. The award is presented to nominated employees periodically throughout the school year. Any member of the school community — students, parents, residents and district employees — can nominate individuals through a form on the district website. Nominations are anonymous, unless the nominator provides his or her name in the nomination form.

Interim Superintendent Karen Geelan announced to the Board of Education Thursday that members of the Facilities Department have collectively done an excellent job for the school system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There’s a reason why the entire department is being recognized this evening,” Geelan said.

Since the district was shut down March 13 for COVID, she said Facilities Department members have constantly remained on the job. Not only have they sanitized the district facilities, but she said the department has handled well the reorganization of school buildings involving much moving.

“They were so easy to work with,” Geelan said. “They were such a great team.”

The superintendent said the ABCD winners’ certificates and gold and purple pins were on their way to the recipients.

Board President Christopher Tallon said Facilities staff have shown “great professionalism” this year.

“You’ve done an outstanding job,” he said.

Geelan also welcomed these new staff members this school year, including new Superintendent William Crankshaw, new School Lunch Director Luis Fernandez as well as seven other staffers.

“Welcome to all of our staff,” Geelan said. “It’s great to have you onboard.”

Nicole Panton, the Johnstown district director of curriculum and professional development, reported to the board that two district schools — the former Glebe Street Elementary School and Warren Street Elementary — were named by the state as Distinguished Schools regarding remote learning. Warren had over 500 minutes and Glebe over 800 minutes.

“That really is big,” Geelan said of the recognition.

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

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