District head gets contract extension

JOHNSTOWN – The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Thursday extended Superintendent Robert DeLilli’s contract another three years.

“We would like to state we’re very fortunate to have Mr. DeLilli at the helm,” board President Paul VanDenburgh said from a prepared statement.

The decision to extend the superintendent’s contract followed a 90-minute closed-door executive session with Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Superintendent Patrick Michel.

DeLilli is in the middle of a three-year contract that runs through July 31, 2014. He is being paid $127,000 for this school year and is due to have his salary increased to $130,000 for the 2013-14 school year. The contract extension, which runs until June 30, 2017, is negotiable. Possible terms were not given Thursday.

VanDenburgh said this morning the three years have “yet to be negotiated.”

In 2011, DeLilli left his job as superintendent of the Gloversville Enlarged School District to come to the Johnstown district. DeLilli succeeded Johnstown Superintendent Katherine Sullivan, who retired. The Johnstown board approved DeLilli’s initial contract on July 7, 2011, and he started Aug. 16 of that year at $125,000 per year.

In his prepared statement, VanDenburgh said DeLilli has done a good job so far. The board president pointed to various new projects and curriculum changes planned for the district. They include new Common Core standards, extensive capital building projects, grade-level grouping starting in the 2014-15 school year, and creation of what VanDenburgh called a “unique” new learning center for JHS students at the former Jansen Avenue Elementary School building.

Possible capital projects in coming years include new roofing, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, electrical work, paving and security systems, with possible cameras.

For grade-level grouping, the makeup of the city’s three elementary schools will be this way: pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade at Pleasant Avenue Elementary School; grades two and three at Glebe Street Elementary School; and grades four, five and six at Warren Street Elementary School.

DeLilli said the district has “put forward a decent amount of complex initiatives” for him and other district administrators to work on in coming years.

“It’s a good feeling,” DeLilli said of the new contract. “I appreciate the confidence the board has put in me. I joined a good team of people – administrators, teachers, staff and community members.”

In other personnel action, the board granted tenure to these employees: school counselor Jeffrey Blacha, music teacher Jenna Davis and Spanish teacher Allison Weber, whose probationary periods all expire Aug. 31; and Johnstown High School Assistant Principal Raymond Ruby, whose probationary period expires Sept. 6.