Sandy may cast doubt on school budget

B y Jaime Thomas

Though Hurricane Sandy didn’t hit Granville physically, it may still hurt the school district. Mark Bessen told Board of Education members how the storm might make things difficult for them in the next fiscal year at a meeting Monday night.

“The state’s going to be focusing a lot of attention on repairing its infrastructure now. The extra money they thought they had will be depleted,” Bessen said. He said those funds may not be available, as the hurricane has created a big ripple effect.

“It’s not just schools; some of the money for the county and hospitals they thought they’d distribute after the economy improved isn’t going to be there anymore,” Bessen said.

He also said the federal government not having room in its budget may lose Granville up to $20,000 through its Title I grant, which helps pay for teacher salaries.

During the meeting, students in the Granville chapter of the National FFA Organization presented a slideshow of their recent trip to a national convention in Indianapolis.

The students showed photos of various stops on their trip, including a coal mine, Hershey World, a bourbon distillery and the Baltimore aquarium. They talked about the highlights of the convention and thanked the board for making the trip possible.

Bessen and the principals of each school in Granville gave reports at the meeting on recent events and professional development. James Donnelly, high school principal, told the board about a peer mentor program that select students will attend. The two-day training at Silver Bay on Lake George will allow students to learn from counselors and other professionals about helping out fellow students with bullying or mentoring issues.

Donnelly said students will also have an opportunity to attend an Upward Bound program in Castleton, Vt., which will provide them with learning and higher education resources.

The board also appointed several sports, teaching and bus driver positions. Daniel Brayton, who recently completed his master’s degree, will move from modified girls’ basketball coach to junior varsity coach. Sarah Twardy and Carol Scott will volunteer as assistant indoor track coaches. Teresa Tuttle will now be on both the instructional and support staff substitute lists.

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