School board approves retirements

JOHNSTOWN – A host of school year-ending resignations and retirements were approved by the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education Thursday at Johnstown High School.

The board accepted the resignation of special education teacher Katrina Canallatos, effective June 30.

“Wherever Mrs. Canallatos is going will be a benefit for that school district,” said board President Paul VanDenburgh. “She’ll be missed.”

Other resignations accepted by the board included special education teachers Christy Armitstead and Amber Rubscha, effective June 30 and Aug. 31, respectively. Rubscha was given a probationary appointment as an elementary teacher, effective Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2020. She will earn $47,380 annually to start.

School monitor resignations accepted by the board were Paula Borchart, Joann Warner and Erin Gavin.

The retirement of library media specialist Mary Hallgren, was accepted, effective July 1.

Other retirees approved by the board include custodian Frank Insognia, effective Aug. 3; and food service helper Carol Sager, effective June 24.

Child care leaves of absence were granted for: speech teacher Brittany Bryant and elementary teacher Olivia Barnett. Bryant’s leave is expected to be from July 29 through Sept. 22. Barnett’s leave is expected from Sept. 13 through Oct. 28.

The board approved an employment agreement for Rachel Heroth, director of technology and instructional leadership, effective July 1 to June 30, 2019.

An administrative internship was granted to Kristin DuGuay through SUNY Plattsburgh for the 2016-17 school year.

A permanent appointment was given to school monitor Brooke George.

Temporary appointments were granted to: school monitor Brooke George, teacher aides Beth Zajaceskowski and Lisa Stearns, and cleaners Cameron Roten and James VanHorne.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

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