Johnstown Independent

Slater still in hospital after surgery


The Johnstown-Monroe school district's interim superintendent remains hospitalized after being involved in a car crash on Tuesday evening, Sept. 3.

Thomas Slater, 71, struck a bridge pillar on Sharon Valley Road, near County Road 127, about 7 p.m. Tuesday. He was flown to Riverside Methodist Hospital, where he still was in intensive care Friday, Sept. 6.

District treasurer Tamara Woods said a medical condition might have caused the wreck. Slater, who has been Johnstown's interim superintendent since March, underwent brain surgery after the crash, she said, but not because of the crash, which she described as "very minor."

Woods said Slater, who previously served as North Fork Local Schools' superintendent for 12 years, will be out for at least two weeks.

"Two days ago, I wasn't sure he'd make it through the night," she said Thursday. "But he's amazed his doctors."

In June, the school board voted 5-0 to extend Slater's contract for another year, to July 1, 2014, while the district seeks a permanent replacement for former superintendent Damien Bawn, who retired in February.

Slater, who was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, has been heavily involved in the Newark Rotary, where he served as president after retiring from North Fork in 2007.