Board of Education, June 6

 

The Monday, June 6 meeting of the Granville Board of Education highlighted technology as the school’s team previewed the new school website and showed off the student/teacher produced promotional video for the district.

The technology team from Granville Junior Senior High School provided the board of education with a preview of the school’s new website.

Technology coordinator Dan Nelson and business teacher Susan Hosley along with freshman student Marc Billow rolled out the new look website and board members seemed impressed, congratulating the team on all of their hard work.

“It looks a lot better and it looks like it will be easier to navigate,” board member Kelly Hoard.

The new-look website features a new logo, also designed by Billow, flanked by pictures. Although the pictures are generic currently, Nelson said they will be replaced before the website comes on line with pictures of Granville students.

Nelson said the curious can go to the current school website and find the line running under the ‘special notice’ section at the top of the home page.

Holding the cursor over the thin line will allow users to access and navigate the link to the page, which is still under construction.

The website will go online July 1, the same day the old website comes down. The new website should prove easier to use and provide more information to members of the community, Nelson said.

Teachers will receive training on building their own web pages.

In recognition of his assistance with numerous computer-related projects at the high school, Billow was given a certificate by the board thanking him for among other things work on the promotional video produced to market Granville to Vermont students who have the option to attend Granville High School. “He’s been really helpful with a lot of different things,” Superintendent Mark Bessen said.

Board members were then shown the six and a half minute promotional video. Made in house, the video showcases the strengths of the school district including advanced placement and SUPA classes, Project Lead the Way, classroom technology, sports and music and much more. Bessen said the videos will be mailed directly to parents in Vermont communities who have the option to choose to attend Granville versus a Vermont school.

The ‘Why Granville?’ video will be available for viewing from the new website under the ‘featured’ section of the new website.  

The board approved retaining the legal firm of Judge & Duffy after they came in lowest in a competitive bid. Although only two firms bid for the service, Judge & Duffy’s proposal was to hold the line on legal costs for the duration of the three-year contract keeping the school’s retainer costs at $23,000 per year. The other bidder offered the school “a new client rate” business manager Cathy Somich said of $30,000 per year. The measure was unanimously approved 8-0 with board member Dee Bergeron abse

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