Development Plan Committee appointed

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Monday night appointed 14 members to the district’s Professional Development Plan Committee for the 2019-20 school year.

The appointments were part of numerous action items authorized by the board during its reorganizational meeting at Johnstown High School.

The board appointed the following persons to the Professional Development Plan Committee: Ann Bagot, Katrina Bevington, Dominic Mylott, Kimberly Preston, Nicole Davis, Kristin Meashaw, Quinn Swartwout, Amanda Bernaski, Linda Rusnica, Heidi Bolebruch, Cynthia Cromer, Andy LaCoppola, Jessica Stock, Allison Weber.

In other action at the board meeting:

∫ Girvin & Ferlazzo of Albany was named as the district’s legal counsel for the 2019-20 school year. The Honeywell Law Firm, PLLC, was appointed special counsel. Attorney M. Cornelia Cahill of Barclay Damon was named bond counsel for the coming school year.

∫ R.G. Timbs, Inc. was appointed to provide financial advisor services for the district during the 2019-20 school year. Queststar III will be providing internal auditing services for the district.

∫ Melissa Baker was named as Johnstown High School/Knox Junior High school auditor and Sir Bills Athletic Fund auditor for next school year at no additional compensation. The board also authorized the bonding of an auditor for Extra-Classroom Activities Funds and Sir Bills Athletic Fund.

∫ Approved was appointment of the following individuals as unpaid Dignity for All Students Act coordinators for the 2019-20 school year: Glebe Street Elementary School: Deborah Ruggeri and Abbey North; Pleasant Avenue Elementary School: Stephanie DiVisconti and Corrine Cotter; Warren Street Elementary School: Kathy Salls and Nicole Lent; Knox Junior High School: Bobbi Jo Senzio and Angela Yetto; and Johnstown High School: Stephanie Ellsworth and Scott Hale.

∫ The board appointed the director of special education and pupil services as chairperson of the Committee on Special Education for the 2019-20 school year at a stipend of $3,450 annually. The board also approved several independent evaluators, and outside service providers, for special education.

∫ Board member Noelle Smrtic was named as a member of the Districtwide Safety Committee.

∫ Designation of depositories for district funds were done as follows for the 2019-20 school year: General Fund: NBT Bank, JP Morgan-Chase; Trust and Agency Fund: NBT Bank; Capital Fund: NBT Bank, JP Morgan-Chase; School Lunch Fund:NBT Bank; federal funds: NBT Bank; and others: Citizens Bank, Bank of America.

∫ The Leader-Herald was designated as the official newspaper for district notices, including those required for bids, for the 2019-20 school year.

∫ A substitute pay schedule for the next school year was approved as follows: teaching assistants, minimum wage; buildings and grounds, minimum wage; clerical, minimum wage; food service, minimum wage; licensed practical nurse, $13.50 per hour; registered nurse, $15 per hour; and teacher aides and school monitors, minimum wage.

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

By Josh Bovee

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