Johnstown plans help for freshmen

JOHNSTOWN-Some students entering Johnstown High School next year may receive additional help, thanks to the formation of a Freshmen Academy at the school.

Greater Johnstown School Superintendent Robert DeLilli said the new program would identify incoming ninth-grade students who may require additional academic help with the transition from junior high to high school.

The students will be selected for the program based on teacher and guidance counselor recommendations.

Students who have had trouble academically will meet up with four teachers, who will run the academy, and work with the students in core subject areas, such as mathematics.

“It is a team approach on the cohort,” DeLilli said.

Study skills and organization also will be a part of the program.

No additional faculty or money is necessary for the program, he said.

“It is just working the schedule that will allow these teachers to be available,” DeLilli said.

Students can begin seeking help next school year.

“The plan is getting [the students] off to a strong academic start,” DeLilli said.


The district’s Board of Education accepted roughly $8,000 in donations from several different organizations at its meeting Thursday.

CG Roxane donated $5,000 to the district to make five $1,000 scholarships for students graduating this year. DeLilli said students would be picked by the administration based on their merits.

Warren Street and Pleasant Avenue Elementary School Parent Teacher Associations each donated $1,500 and $2,264 each for field trips for students in those schools.

“The PTA has been very generous to their respective buildings,” DeLilli said.