School board accepts resignations, votes on terminations

T he Granville Board of Education accepted a couple of resignations and approved the termination of two positions during a meeting Monday night.

After 24 years of service, JoAnn Williams, Elementary Teaching Assistant, is resigning for retirement purposes at the end of June. Phillip Clark, a 4-hour bus driver, is also resigning effective this past Saturday.

The board also approved the abolishment of two full-time teachers; Elementary Teacher Karen Jones and Special Education Teacher Daniel Lloyd, each of whom has the least seniority in his or her respective department, will be terminated.

“It’s based on numbers — there’s lower enrollment,” Business Manager Cathy Somich said, adding that the reduction has nothing to do with teacher performance.

Also during the meeting, the board appointed Daryle Daigle as modified / junior varsity volunteer assistant baseball coach.

Dan Truso, a senior in the high school, was also named as one of seven students in the state to the Business Review’s 40 Under the Age of 40. Superintendent Mark Bessen said he was named among adults in the midst of operating their own businesses.

James Donnelly, high school principal, told the board that out of about 110 students in the senior class, staff is meeting with 22 who are considered to be at risk for not graduating. In reality, he said there are probably 10 students in this category.

There will be an open house at Mary J. Tanner on May 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Those who do not want to park on Route 22 can park at the bus garage and take a shuttle to the school. The following week on Thursday, May 9 Granville Elementary School will also hold an open house from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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