CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WJAC) — The Greater Johnstown School District held its first board meeting with Amy Arcurio as superintendent on Dec. 4.
Arcurio was unanimously appointed to the position on Nov. 13, replacing substitute Superintendent Frank Frontino. She's the first permanent superintendent since November 2016, when then-Superintendent James Cekada went on paid sabbatical leave.
"I feel great. I tell you I have an amazing group of administrators and the support of the board and the Johnstown community," said Arcurio.
But not everyone is happy with the decision. Local activist John Debartola spoke out at the meeting.
"Defending someone who is so haphazardly representing our community and saying she's the best out of 20 some candidates. I would ask you again to respond to that. How is she the best? As a superintendent, as a board member," said Debartola.
While the board welcomed Arcurio, they said goodbye to two board members who resigned, Daniel Tomak and DeeDee Osborne. That now makes three board member resignations. Arcurio's husband, Vince Arcurio, resigned from the board in August.
The resignations are happening as the State Ethics Commission continues its investigation of the board, which was initiated by Debartola.
"The resignations are unfortunately a loss for the school board of directors. Both individuals provided a lot of experience and opinions on moving the district forward," said Arcurio.
Micahael Cashaw was appointed to the board in September. Arcurio said Tomak and Osborone resigned for health reasons. The board also appointed Jason Moore as the new president, he replaces Cynthia Ahlborn.
Letters of interest for the two open seats on the board are being accepted until Thursday, Dec. 13.
"I think the letters of interest that will be submitted by anyone in the community interested in filling those two seats, will be aware of the direction the district is headed. And will be interested in moving the district forward. I look forward to the board filling those seats, selecting those candidates and working with those individuals," said Arcurio.