District nets donations

JOHNSTOWN -The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education last week accepted more than $2,200 in donations to benefit music instruction, field trips and kindergarten preparedness.

The board approved the donations and acted on various personnel matters during its meeting at Knox Junior High School.

Board members passed a motion to accept a donation of $2,010 from the Johnstown Music Support Group. Money to support musical endeavors was derived from a fruit sale, the board heard.

“Our many thanks to the musical support group,” said board President Paul VanDenburgh.

He extended the district’s “grateful thanks” to the Glebe Street Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association for its $119 donation to help defray the costs of the school’s field trips. The board accepted the donation.

The board also accepted a donation of $150 from the Walmart Distribution Center to defray the cost of kindergarten preparedness packets.

In personnel items approved by the board:

The board voted to fill Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services board vacancies. Johnstown board members approved Jean LaPorta of the Gloversville Enlarged School District and Lee Quackenbush of the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District as BOCES members.

The board made a probationary appointment of kindergarten teacher Katie Nellis, at an annual salary of $44,934, effective July 1 and running through June 30, 2016.

A part-time special education teaching position was approved by the board.

The board made the probationary appointment of Rachel Iorio, early intervention teacher, for $44,934 annually, effective Sept. 1, 2014 and running through Aug. 31, 2017.

Speech pathologist Erin Esler was given a probationary appointment at a salary of $45,764, effective July 1 through June 30, 2016, pending verification of prior tenure.

The board approved the retirement of cafeteria School Monitor Sharon Pinaha, effective June 30. The board also approved creation of three school cafeteria monitors, effective Sept. 1.

Stipend adjustments amounting to $2,000 each for treasurers of funds, retroactive to Jan. 1, were given to Susan Hansen, High School Extra Classroom Activities Fund; and Leslie Buggeln-Bosworth, Sir Bills Athletic Fund.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.