The subject of bullying is an important one for Amy Ramey, vice president of the Johnstown-Monroe School Board, who embraced last week's efforts by child therapist Jim Bisenius to help the district "bully-proof" its youth.

The subject of bullying is an important one for Amy Ramey, vice president of the Johnstown-Monroe School Board, who embraced last week's efforts by child therapist Jim Bisenius to help the district "bully-proof" its youth.

Ramey said she attended all of Bisenius' programs and had some one-on-one discussion time with him.

"I believe that Jim Bisenius takes an amazing approach to bullying and really breaks down his method for the kids," she said. "I do believe that if everyone works together and follows through with his methods, it will work in Johnstown.

"It's going to take all of us, from the students to the school board," she said.

Ramey said it will take time to change the culture and implement Bisenius' methods.

"I believe his methodology is right on, and after speaking with him after the high school assembly I believe we will have all of the tools we will need to make our students safe and confident," she said.

Ramey recommends that teachers and administrators continue their training and encourage Johnstown Monroe students every day.

"This is the first part of implementing his entire method, and I believe the students responded well to his presentation," she said. "I'm hopeful that with his help we can make our schools a better environment for all."

Ramey said in addition to continuing to address bullying, the board has several other topics to explore.

"We've got to work on some space in our schools," she said. "If you walk into the middle school, it's a disaster." Ramey said the middle school is over populated and the board will need to address crowding in creative and cost-effective ways.

At the board's organizational meeting, Ramey was chosen as vice president and Roger Montgomery as president. Both are new board members.