GJSD slates forum

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District is looking to conduct a community forum later this month.

In a recent report to the Board of Education at Johnstown High School, Assistant Superintendent Ruthie Cook said a Fall Community Forum has tentatively been set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at JHS.

She said the district hopes to bring in the community and district staff to do “exercises” related to education like the board did at its recent retreat.

Cook said more information on the community forum will be forthcoming.

Elsewhere in her report, Cook introduced new district staff members present to start off the new 2019-20 school year.

She also reported that more than $250,000 has been raised for athletics through a public campaign. Cook said she conferred with Michael Satterlee, interim director of athletics, physical education, health and recreation, and Johnstown scholastic sports are operational for the fall.

In her report, Johnstown Teachers Association President Nancy Lisicki thanked board President Christopher Tallon and Vice President Kathryn Zajicek for speaking to the faculty on opening day kicking off the new school year.

Lisicki also broached the subject of parental involvement. She said the parent groups are the ones that “get into your goals.” She told the board that the JTA union is “also your partner in helping you to get the word out on the budget” in the future.

“We have a lot of resources behind us to get those resources out,” Lisicki said.

Lisicki also asked the board if it wished to continue faculty departmental presentations to the board like those done during the last school year.

“I didn’t know if that is something you wanted to continue,” Lisicki said.

The board answered it would like such presentations.

In regular business:

∫ The board directed that the ERS Retirement Reserve be increased by $102,206 from unexpended appropriations or unreserved fund balance, retroactive to June 30.

∫ Accepted was two donations for district athletics from: Adirondack Beverages — $1,500: and H. Doris Pollak and Paul D. Pollak —$100.

∫ Russell Richards, a town of Ephratah property owner, was refunded $513,32 for overpayment of taxes for the 2018-19 school year.

∫ The board adopted two revised policies — effective Sept. 5 — for smoking/tobacco use, and certification and qualifications.

∫ Lake Pleasant School’s tuition rate for the 2019-20 school year was set at $2,200.

∫ The board approved attendance by Tallon at the New York State School Board Association’s upcoming 100th Annual Convention in Rochester.

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

By Josh Bovee

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