New members take seats on Johnstown Board of Education

JOHNSTOWN – The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education unanimously re-elected its two top officers and welcomed two new board members Tuesday night at Johnstown High School.

The board action on officers kicked off the district’s annual organizational meeting.

Re-elected were board President Paul VanDenburgh and Vice President Jennifer Sponnoble. Both VanDenburgh and Sponnoble – who were re-elected to three-year terms by district voters in May 2013 – took separate turns reading their oaths of office.

Also administered the oath of office was Superintendent Robert DeLilli.

The board also welcomed Scott Miller and Evamarie Mraz as new board members with fresh three-year terms, although both previously served on the board. They read their oaths of office. Angela Clizbe, an incumbent board member who won re-election in May, also read her oath of office.

In other organizational matters, the board made several appointments for the 2014-15 school year, including: Larraina Carpenter as district clerk, Vanessa Wilder as school tax collector, Suzanne Hall as claims auditor, Dr. Richard Solby as school physician, and the law firm of Girvin & Ferlazzo as district legal counsel.

In regular personnel matters, the board appointed Robert Hayes as a part-time technology teacher at the prorated annual salary of $46,516. The appointment is effective Sept. 1 and runs through June 30, 2015.

Ashley Stockbridge was appointed as a part-time health teacher at an annual prorated salary of $42,934, effective Sept. 1, 2014 and running through June 30, 2015.

The board approved the assignment of Heather Buskirk as teacher on special assignment at Jansen Avenue School, beginning last Tuesday. She will remain in the science tenure area and will continue to accrue seniority in that area, the district said.

Summer appointments of the following teachers for the Knox Junior High Summer Enrichment Program, contingent upon adequate enrollment, were made as follows: Russell Snyder, seventh-grade math and eighth-grade math – $25 per hour; Christy Armitstead, seventh-grade ELA and eighth-grade ELA – $25 per hour; Rebecca Wager, teacher assistant – $13 per hour.

The board accepted the resignation of special education teacher Mary Insognia, effective last Monday.

“I don’t see many new teachers,” commented board member Ron Beck, perusing the agenda.

The district is searching for some new teachers for the next school year.

“We’re making offers and they’re declining,” DeLilli said.

Following a 40-minute, closed-door executive session for the stated reason of discussing “employment history of an individual,” the board tabled action on appointment of fall coaches for the 2014-15 school year. The list had 24 persons, including Matthew Benton, football head coach; Tracy Ringer, field hockey head coach; Mark Ralbovsky, golf head coach; Michael Hill, boys’ soccer head coach; and Colleen Froschauer, girls’ soccer head coach.

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