GJSD assistant superintendent named; Koster

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education has appointed a longtime Onondaga County educator as the district’s new assistant superintendent, starting Monday.

The board named Alicia D. Koster of Camillus during a special meeting Wednesday night at the Knox Building. Her annual salary wasn’t immediately released by the district.

The assistant superintendent position in the Johnstown school district has become increasingly important in recent years with the crafting of a budget for the district.

Koster previously served as executive director of finance and management services for the South Orangetown Central School District in Rockland County. That public school district serves residents of Blauvelt, Orangeburg, Palisades, Piermont, Sparkill and Tappan.

In South Orangetown, Koster oversaw various aspects of that district’s daily operations, including business, staff relations, facilities and capital projects, food service, transportation, safety, security and compliance. She was also responsible for implementation of the district’s Strategic Plan.

Koster’s appointment was the only item on Wednesday night’s agenda for the Johnstown school board. Action followed a closed-door executive session. The resolution indicates her appointment by July 28 contract is effective Monday, and runs for a period through June 30, 2024.

She replaces former Johnstown Assistant Superintendent Ruthie Cook, who retired.

Koster also previously worked as business administrators for the Oriskany Central School District, and the Mexico Central School District.

She received her school district leadership certification through SUNY Oswego; school district business leadership certification through SUNY New Paltz. In addition to her master’s degrees in educational administration and business administration, Koster has sought a doctorate of educational administration from Seton Hall University.

She resides with her husband n Camillus, and the couple has two daughters.