Brian Miller, Sr.
Jennifer Sponnoble, Vice President
Paul VanDenburgh, President
Carpenter, District Clerk -
of Office & Home Addresses
Board of Education Meetings Broadcast on Public
The Greater Johnstown School District's Board of
Education meetings can often be seen on Time
Warner Cable Channel 18, courtesy of local
television station WFNY-CA.
About Your Board of Education
As elected representatives of the citizens of
the Greater Johnstown School District, the
nine-member Board of Education serves as the
governing body for the community's public school
system. The school board sets district policies,
selects the superintendent of schools, adopts
the annual budget, and determines the tax rate.
An annual school board election is held on the
third Tuesday in May. Board members serve
three-year overlapping terms with three members
elected each year. School board members, who
receive no salary, are committed and concerned
citizens who devote countless hours working on
behalf of children and the educational interests
of Johnstown School District residents.
Meetings, Agendas and Minutes
The Board of Education adopts an annual regular
meeting schedule and designates the site
for those meetings during its organizational
meeting in July.
Regular meetings and board workshops are open to
the public and the community is welcome and
encouraged to attend.
for regular meetings are generally prepared on
the Friday before the meeting and available on
the Monday before the meeting via a link in the
calendar on the right side of page.
Board of Education
are prepared within two weeks of the meeting and
made available for public review on the district
web site or by making an appointment with the
Addressing the Board
While school board meetings must be conducted in
view of the public, there is no NYS law
requiring that members of the public be
permitted to speak. However, as a matter of
courtesy, and to foster a spirit of cooperation,
the Johnstown School Board provides a forum for
public comment during each
regular meeting. Residents may speak to specific
agenda items or to education topics of general
interest. The Board does not
permit verbal comments relating to
specific personnel decisions regarding
individuals employed by the District - those
comments should be submitted to the Board in
writing. The board president may suggest
that speakers confine their remarks to a certain
period of time (generally, three minutes).
Speakers should state their name and address and
identify the organization, if any, they
Residents may also express their views by
writing to the Board of Education in care of the
District Clerk, Greater Johnstown School
District, 1 Sir Bills Circle, Suite 101,
Johnstown NY 12095. Copies of any materials
submitted will be provided to all Board members
Interested in Serving as a Board of Education Member?
Three of Johnstown's nine Board of Education seats will
be up for election on May 21, 2013. Interested
in becoming a candidate? You'll need these
Board of Education Candidate Nominating Petition 2013
Board of Education Candidate Expense Statement 2013
Education Goals 12/15/11-06/30/13
Adopted December 15, 2011
Empower all students, faculty and staff to
reach or exceed their potential in all
aspects of their development.
Nurture a culture of encouragement,
collaboration, appreciation, creativity,
communication, tolerance and respect among
school district stakeholders, including
students, faculty, staff, parents,
administrators, board members and non-parent
residents, as well as others outside our
community in order to help our students
become better global citizens.
well-rounded curriculum that preserves
visual and performing arts, foreign
language, business, technology, enrichment,
extracurricular and athletic programs within
the fiscal constraints of the district.
Research and implement non-traditional
avenues to expand or enhance academic
opportunities for students that are cost-effective
and academically valuable.
Establish a climate of transparency and
openness that encourages communication among
all district stakeholders.
Inform district stakeholders about
significant changes in public education,
the state tax levy cap, new Annual Professional
Performance Review (APPR)
implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Inform district stakeholders of student,
faculty and staff accomplishments.
Encourage community involvement and interest
in the success of students and the
of the school district.
Increase the number of district stakeholders
who attend Board of Education and
ad hoc committee meetings on a regular basis.
Hold regular public forums to encourage
district stakeholders to voice their
and to offer solutions.
Establish convenient and comfortable
opportunities for parents to interact with
district faculty and staff so as to create
partnerships that will be beneficial for
Explore possible ways to increase overall
district stability, instructional
effectiveness and operational efficiency.
School Board Recognition Week
New York State
Governor Andrew Cuomo designated October 29 -
November 2, 2012 as School Board Recognition
Week. To read the
Executive Chamber Proclamation, click here.
Elected by district
residents to serve three year terms, school board
members are ordinary citizens who decide at the local
level what is best for our children and community. Often
called upon to make tough decisions, they receive no
remuneration for their time and commitment; their
service is voluntary. School Board Recognition Week
provides a time for us to show our appreciation for
their willingness to tackle the numerous challenges of
public education. Thank you to all Greater Johnstown
School District Board of Education members, present and