District Finances and Budget Development to be Topics of Discussion
Members of the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Crankshaw have announced Wednesday, March 24 as the next date in their ongoing “Community Outreach and Listening Tour.” The general public is invited to attend the session, which will be held in person at 7:00 p.m. in the Knox Auditorium (400 S. Perry Street, Johnstown, NY 12095).
Because of social distancing protocols, seating for the event will be limited and online pre-registration will be required. Those attending in person will have their temperature taken before entering the auditorium and must wear a face mask at all times while in the building.
Pre-register to attend in person here: http://bit.ly/3vKbP1A
The session will be live streamed via Zoom for those who are not able to attend in person. Pre-registration is required in order to receive a link to join the Zoom session.
Pre-register for the live stream here: http://bit.ly/3r3kw36
BOE President Chris Tallon will co-host the event with Dr. Crankshaw and members of the board’s Audit Committee — Joe LoDestro, Kathy Zajicek and Pat Oare — on hand to discuss their work over the past school year, including conversations about district finances and budget development. A question and answer session will follow the district’s presentation.
Four virtual Community Outreach sessions have been held this year — two in January and two in February — with nearly 60 community members joining the Zoom sessions. The district plans to continue the monthly sessions through the remainder of this current school year.
“We’ve really appreciated the opportunity to speak directly to members of our community and answer their specific questions,” Tallon said. “Transparency is incredibly important to us. These sessions allow the public to better understand the board’s role and provide insight on our decision-making process, while giving them the opportunity to take an active role in shaping the future of this district.”
“With less than two months to go before our annual school budget vote on May 18, we really want the community to have the opportunity to learn more about what they will see on the ballot this year,” Dr. Crankshaw said. “Our District’s citizens’ involvement in the process should be public, educational, and informative and we’ve worked to make the process as accessible and helpful as possible. I look forward to the ongoing developments of the budget process over the next several weeks as we apply all that we know and continue to learn.”