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Johnstown still seeking to sell former Jansen Avenue School

JOHNSTOWN — Attempts by the Greater Johnstown School District to sell the former Jansen Avenue School have been unsuccessful lately.

Board of Education member David D’Amore recently gave a Facilities Committee update on the available building to the board. That committee met Feb. 2, and is due to meet next on March 9.

He said an outside broker continues to market the former Jansen Avenue School, mostly recently used by HFM BOCES, to the public. He said some interest was shown by a day care, area church and a local business.

But D’Amore said it may take the district awhile before it finds a “viable buyer” for the Jansen building.

Elsewhere in his Facilities report, D’Amore said the district may purchase additional cameras for its security project being done this spring and summer.

Board President Christopher Tallon gave the Academic & Extracurricular Committee report from the Feb. 9 meeting. He gave a status report on academic learning involving math and ELA.

Board member Patrick Oare gave a Personnel Committee report from a Feb. 16 meeting, noting discussion about the timeline of labor union negotiations. That group’s next meeting will be June 8.

Board member Joseph LoDestro gave the Audit, Budget & Finance Committee report from its Feb. 22 session, indicating that audit training is being conducted within the district.

In his full board report, Tallon said he three weeks ago attended a New York State School Boards Association Capital Conference, a virtual session.

Others attending included Superintendent William Crankshaw.

Tallon said topics for the future will include what role does a high school diploma play moving ahead, and what does it currently mean.

He also reported on the district’s ongoing Community Outreach & Listening Tour Survey.

Tallon said future presentations could include information on COVID-19, long-range fiscal planning, the district’s tax levy, and Board of Education procedures. He said at least 27 people have attended two past sessions.

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