Johnstown School Board to conduct retreat

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education, with much on its agenda, will conduct a retreat later this month to discuss it all.

The board, which has three new members, recently certified a budget approved after a second try which exceeded the tax cap. The district is also looking at possibly closing a school, and other personnel items, with the 2019-20 school year on the horizon.

At the board’s meeting Monday night at Johnstown High School, district Superintendent Patricia Kilburn told the board she needed three potential dates “to coordinate for us to have a retreat.”

Kilburn said the district needs to coordinate with its law firm — Girvin & Ferlazzo of Albany — on a date. The board decided on a roughly five-hour retreat to discuss issues at JHS from 3 to 8 p.m. on these possible date: July 30, July 31, or Aug. 1. The superintendent noted the law firm will most likely pick a date.

In other business Monday, board members submitted their names for committee memberships for the next school year.

The board set a $2,200 tuition rate for the 2019-20 school year for Piseco Common School students in grades seven to 12 to attend Johnstown schools. The tuition is effective July 1.

Board members approved numerous personnel items following a closed-door, executive session.

Among them was to approve the permanent appointment of David Wood as director of facilities II for a 12-month period, retroactive to June 10.

Michael Satterlee was appointed as a part-time (.4 FTE) director of athletics, health, P.E. and recreation, at $48 per hour, running through next June 30.

The resignation of Marilyn Fariello, school nurse, was approved for the purpose of retirement, effective Sept. 27. The resignation of Marc Kucharik, as a speech teacher, effective Aug. 31, was also accepted by the board.

An extension of a child care leave of absence for Jessica Mucilli, school psychologist, was approved retroactive to July 1 and running through June 30, 2020.

Other permanent appointments included: Deborah Tretola, school monitor; Kelly Masi, teacher aide; Amber Rumrill, teacher aide; Matthew Cole, custodian; Brittany Brown, cook; Moriah Cook, food service helper; and Karah Wood, custodial worker.

Fall coaching staff appointed included Tyler Hall, football head coach; Christine Krempa, field hockey head coach; and Erica Fitzpatrick, girls’ soccer head coach.

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

By Josh Bovee

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