Walmart donates $2,500 to school

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education last week accepted a $2,500 donation from Walmart to go toward clothes donations for students in the higher elementary grades.

The donation to benefit Warren Street Elementary School was accepted Thursday at Johnstown High School.

Warren Street Elementary School Interim Principal Joyce Caputo said the donation originated from a grant written by special education teacher Ashleigh Scott.

Scott said that at the end of the last school year, a “Clothes Closet” was started at the school for students in grades four through six. The closet seeks clothes donations, and the Walmart monetary donation is augmenting the effort. She said children sometimes come to school with clothes that are “dirty” or don’t fit. She said the extra clothes sometimes can fix that situation and the donation goes a long way.

“We have five outfits for a little girl who needed it,” Scott said.

Other families are also being helped as well, the teacher said.

In other board business:

∫A $687 refund for overpayment of school taxes was granted to NBT Bank for a parcel at 12 Frasier Ave.

“NBT inadvertently paid taxes on the wrong parcel,” said board President Kathy Dougherty.

∫The board fixed what School Business Manager Alice Sise said was wrong language used previously in approving expenditures of money for a couple school projects.

“These are a couple of things that came up during the audit,” Sise said.

The board approved an amendment to a resolution authorizing a $16,700 expenditure to replace air conditioning at Pleasant Avenue Elementary School from the property loss reserve. Board members also amended a prior resolution authorizing expenditure of up to 14,091 from the reserve fund for repair and replacement of the telephone and public announcement system at Glebe Street Elementary School.

∫The board approved a milk quote from Skiff’s Dairy. The district expects to spend $45,000 on milk for the new school year. Board members also approved a bread bid from Bimbo Bakeries. The district intends to spend $11,500 with the bakery.

∫Public speaker Dick Baker of Route 67 criticized the district’s $450,000 expenditure on the new concession stand for Knox Field. The stand was built as part of the district’s $39.6 million capital plan. He said he went to the field and measured the stand. He said that including the “john” area, the stand represents about 610 square feet of space. He said he calculated the district spent roughly $737 per square foot for the stand, which he said is much more expensive than some newly-constructed homes.

“You could build a nice place on the [Great Sacandaga Lake],” Baker said. “I hope this thing works out for you. It’s a lot of money.”

By Patricia Older

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