During the regularly scheduled school board meeting, Johnsburg School Board members accepted the letter of intent to retire at the end of this academic year from Darlene Urbonowicz. Superintendent Markwica said that Urbonowicz has been a highly valued member of the Johnsburg Central School for 20 years. She began working in the Special Education Department in the high school, before moving to the Kindergarten and then the Preschool. Markwica said she had made wonderful contributions in all roles at the school.
Several seniors who attended the meeting noted that they remembered her fondly from their kindergarten days. These seniors were attending as part of an activity for their Youth and Government Club. They had just returned from a weekend in Albany participating in the WMCA organized Youth and Government program.
Johnsburg senior Shannon Ovitt explained that during the weekend they and Youth and Government Clubs from other schools out act all branches of the government. She has been a member of the club since grade 9, so this was her fourth trip to Albany for the Conference.
“We try to encompass all the elements of the government as much as possible over three days in order to recreate the actual experience of government in action” Ovitt said.
She added that “Over the past four years I’ve learned so much about the inner workings of our government, all the intricacies and subtleties involved in getting things done, it’s something that every citizen in a democracy should get to experience and appreciate.”
Matt Wells, who teaches a class on Government and 9th and 10th grade Global History, and Colleen Murtagh, who teaches 6th grade, are the advisors for the Youth and Government Club advisors at JCS.
The next Johnsburg School Board Meeting will be held on March 25 at 7 p.m. in room 126.