How Gold is Gold?

B y Jaime Thomas

The Golden Horde — would you say that’s more of a yellow gold or a white gold?

It’s a seemingly incidental question that was the subject of a lengthy discussion Monday night at a Granville school board meeting. Stephen Palmer, the district’s athletic director, pointed out to the board that inconsistencies exist with the school colors in various sports uniforms.

“Uniformity is appreciated within our ranks. We should have one set of colors, and we don’t,” Palmer said.

Though there aren’t any problems with the Horde’s blue, there is a discrepancy concerning ‘Vegas gold,’ which is closer to white, versus ‘gold,’ which is a richer yellow. Palmer brought two wrestling singlets to the meeting as an example; each featured a noticeably different shade of gold.

Palmer said he simply wanted the board to come to a decision about which color he should stick with when ordering new uniforms in the future.

“Thanks for bringing that to our attention; we will address the issue,” said school board president John Shaw.

Members of the board and Palmer concluded it would be best to leave the color choice to the students. Palmer said he would arrange a way for the students to vote on their preference.

Later in the meeting, the board also once again discussed regionalization among area schools. Palmer was asked his thoughts on combining area district’s sports teams.

He cited examples of other schools where such an initiative has been successful. Hadley-Luzerne and Lake George, for example, have a united wrestling team, which brings them larger numbers and reduces expenses.

“Athletics is a common core; it’s a good start to regionalization. This is going to be the road we’re going to have to go down — we’ve gotta change the way we think of things,” Palmer said.

As another example, Palmer pointed out that as Hartford doesn’t have a football team, its students could join Granville, thus giving them an opportunity and giving the Horde a bigger group.

He sees the benefits financially and competitively of grouping teams from neighboring districts, and he thinks it could show people that regionalization isn’t so bad.

Along the same lines, board member John McDermott said he had recently spoken with members of other area district’s school boards. He wondered if it might be a good idea to arrange a meeting of members of area boards to throw around ideas for improvements and cost savings.

And board member Suzanne McEachron suggested a forum where people in the community could meet in the school to discuss among themselves what they feel strongly about, regarding the school district.

Shaw was on board with these proposals.

“We’re going to have to start thinking outside the box as we run out of money,” he said.

During the meeting, a young student also addressed the board about the lack of recess and the strict rules that exist within the lunchroom. He said lunch monitors control who students sit with and when they can throw out their trash, and they don’t allow students to talk at the end of the lunch period.

The students feel they are receiving mixed messages, however, as their teachers encourage them to save their conversation for lunchtime. The boy also asked why they don’t have recess and listed reasons for why this free period is essential to children, such as exercise and freedom.

Superintendent Mark Bessen said recess was eliminated because of the federal Race to the Top initiative, but he said the board would look into concerns about lunchtime.

The board also awarded a 2000 International Bus to Robert Getty, who offered the highest bid on the vehicle over one other interested party, for the price of $2500.

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