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Case workers to remain at GESD

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County legislators on Monday decided to continue the county’s caseworker relationship with the Gloversville Enlarged School District.

The Board of Supervisors authorized an extension of two caseworker positions through the Department of Social Services for the School Intervention Partnership Program (SIPP).

“This is a very valuable program that we’ve had in the past,” said Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Gregory Young.

SIPP has a primary purpose of providing early intervention into the lives of at-risk children to prevent entry into foster care.

Supervisors said the two caseworker positions in DSS were extended from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Action by the board was contingent upon the Gloversville school district providing the entire 25 percent local share, as 75 percent is provided from state and federal reimbursement.

In other personnel matters Monday:

— A resolution was approved authorizing extension of a “student success” caseworker position in DSS, For this initiative, the focus is on preventive services for families with young children experiencing educational neglect or chronic absenteeism.

— The board passed a resolution approving a 2021-22 Chief Local Elected Officials agreement between Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties for sponsorship and operation of the F-M-S Workforce Development Board.

— Supervisors appointed three members to the Fulton County Hazardous Materials Response Team for 2021. They are: Danny Sowle and Robert Edwards, both of the Sir William Johnson Volunteer Fire Department; and Christopher Godsey of the Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

— The board created an additional civil clerk position in the county Sheriff’s Department. The start rate for the position will be $15.32 per hour, and it is effective June 1, with one per diem civil clerk post eliminated.

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