Geelan to retire

JOHNSTOWN — Greater Johnstown School District Interim Superintendent Karen Geelan will retire from her position, effective Sept. 30.

Geelan made the announcement at the Wednesday Board of Education meeting.

“I am needed by my family, and therefore I will be retiring in September,” Geelan said. “I have been, am currently and will continue to be fully dedicated to the students, families, faculty and staff of the Greater Johnstown School District. By now, you should know that I am not one to shy away from a challenge, nor am I someone who leaves work undone. We will make our transition to sustainability in the Johnstown schools together, and I will be here until a successor is found and in place.”

Geelan will continue to serve as interim superintendent while the district conducts a search for her replacement. The school board is expected to appoint HFM BOCES District Superintendent David Ziskin as the superintendent search consultant at its May 7 meeting.

As part of their statutory duties, BOCES district superintendents may be asked by component school boards to act as consultants during superintendent searches. Ziskin would work with the board to create recruitment material and assist with the development of selection criteria and a process for interviews.

By Josh Bovee

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