GJSD names new VP

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education re-elected its president and named a new vice president at its organizational meeting Thursday night at the Knox Building.

Board President Christopher Tallon was reelected for another year. Joseph LoDestro was elected board vice president for 2021-22.

Taking the office as board members were Ronald Beck, who was re-elected; Arthur Schrum, a newcomer; and former board member Jennifer Sponnoble.

In board-related matters, the board passed a resolution related to previous action reducing the number of Johnstown Board of Education members from nine to seven. On May 18, district voters authorized a proposition decreasing the number of individuals on the board from nine to seven, effective July 1, 2022.

The “restructuring” resolution that passed Thursday night adopted a plan to be sent to the state for the district to follow to get to the lesser number.

Two vacancies will exist for the term commencing July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2025 (reducing number to eight, and filling two vacancies). Two vacancies will exist for the term commencing July 1, 2023 and ending June 30, 2026 (reducing number to seven, and filling two vacancies). Three vacancies will exist for the term commencing July 1, 2024 and ending June 30, 2027 (maintaining the board at seven members and keeping a rotation of two vacancies, two vacancies, and three vacancies for each three-year cycle).

In other organizational action, Superintendent William Crankshaw was administered the Oath of Office in accordance with state Public Officer’s Laws and the state Constitution Act.

Larraina Carpenter was appointed district clerk of the Greater Johnstown School District for the 2021-22 school year.

Melissa Baker was appointed as the school district treasurer and chief accounting officer of the district for the 2021-22 school year.

Lesa Levin was appointed as school district claims auditor for the coming school year.

Other annual appointments made for the 2021-22 school year by the board included: Dr. Maruthi Sunkara as school physician at a rate of $22,000 $24,000 annually; Girvin & Ferlazzo as legal counsel; Honeywell Law Firm, PLLC as special legal counsel; attorney M. Cornelia Cahill of Barclay Damon, as bond counsel; R.G. Timbs, Inc. to provide financial advisor services for the district; Fiscal Advisors & Marketing, Inc. to provide financial advisor services for the district; QuestarIII to provide internal auditing services; West & Company Certified Public Accountants, P.C. to provide external auditing services; Melissa Baker as High School/Knox Junior High School auditor and Sir Bills Athletic Fund auditor; appointment of the school district clerk as the census enumerator, records access officer, and records management officer; David Wood as “designated person” responsible for ensuring activities required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.

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