Johnstown transfers jobs in transport to BOCES

JOHNSTOWN – The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Thursday approved the transfer of district school bus positions to the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services, effective in July.

Among several personnel matters to come before the board at Johnstown High School were two separate resolutions to transfer school bus driver and school bus attendant positions to BOCES, effective July 1.

The transfers were pursuant to state Civil Service Law.

The board considered voting on the resolutions last week, but had only five of its nine members in attendance at the previous session.

“I think it should come before a full board,” board member Kathryn Zajicek stated last week.

BOCES has taken over administration of the transportation programs of the Greater Johnstown School District and Gloversville Enlarged School District, which were combined. Both districts now use the Gloversville bus garage on Route 29A as a regional transportation hub run through BOCES.

In other action Thursday, the board officially accepted Tuesday’s district vote on Board of Education members, the 2013-14 school budget, and the bus proposition.

Johnstown district voters approved the district’s $29.9 million budget carrying a 3 percent tax-levy increase. Voters also re-elected board President Paul VanDenburgh and Vice President Jennifer Sponnoble, and elected newcomer Kathy Dougherty. Voters approved purchase of three buses.

In other personnel matters recently approved:

The board created four temporary cleaner positions from June 11 to Sept. 2.

The resignation of Carley Green, special education teacher, was approved, effective July 6.

Amendments were approved to employment agreements of the following, who will receive $2,500 raises: Alice Sise, school business manager; Leo Loveless, director of school facilities and operations; Todd Walker, computer services specialist; and Ann Stefka, administrative secretary.

The board approved reassignment of Carmella Anagnostopulos as school secretary, effective July 1, at a rate of $14.91 per hour. The board also accepted the recommendation of Superintendent Robert DeLilli to approve a probationary appointment of Gary Henry as a custodial worker, effective June 17, at $15.06 per hour.

“These are both key employees,” said board President Paul VanDenburgh. “It’s great to have them here.”

The board approved the resignation of Melanie Lawrence, science teacher, effective June 30.

The resignation of Christopher Schuyler, special education teacher, was accepted, effective June 30.

Board members appointed Russell Snyder as a long term substitute mathematics teacher, at $110.40 per day, retroactive to April 30 through June 21.

Spring coaches named for the 2012-2013 school year were: Brendon Joyce, track assistant – $2,228 stipend; Joshua Morey, track assistant – $2,114 stipend; and Victoria Panetta, girls’ lacrosse unpaid assistant.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at