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April 26, 2012

Greater Johnstown school board approves organizational changes

— The Greater Johnstown school board on Wednesday approved measures sought by its superintendent to create an organizational structure designed to better prepare students for the future.

Superintendent Gerald Zahorchak said the plan meets the goal of getting every child to graduation and ready for a career or college.

Most of the measures approved Wednesday involve restructuring job descriptions and titles, Zahorchak said.

One of the changes approved was replacing the position of federal programs coordinator/professional development coordinator with the job of coordinator of federal and state grant programs/coordinator of development programs.

The person who is doing the current job, Raymond Arcurio, was named to the new position.

Zahorchak said the title of coordinator of administrative services was replaced with a more suitable one.

The person in the current position, John Zahorchak – the superintendent’s nephew – was given the new title of director of human resources and work force development.

Zahorchak said the bookkeeping position was replaced with assistant business manager. The current employee, Clarissa Berzinsky, will continue in the new post.

The board created the position of director of alternative and innovative programs to save money and search for more revenues for those programs, he said.

The board also created the position of operational principal of alternative programs.

The board will post the latter two positions in the district or advertise them if necessary.

Also created, Zahorchak said, was the position of project manager for the office of alternative programs.

Those duties have been outsourced for the past several years to the Greater Johnstown YMCA.

The woman currently performing the job for the YMCA was selected by the board to work for the district, he said.

The staff members named to the new positions have been with the district for multiple years and have been doing extraordinary work, Zahorchak said.

“This gives me an opportunity to set the organizational structure,” Zahorchak said about the changes, which take effect July 1.

“Without having a clear organizational structure that is well-communicated, it’s impossible to build structured alignment in programs and systems for the purpose of getting students to graduation and ready to go.

“None of these changes will have any impact on the tax structure because this board has been very clear that property owners are already overly burdened with taxes. This builds on their 15-year record of not increasing taxes,” Zahorchak said.


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