B y Jaime Thomas
School officials in Granville are busy preparing for a new event happening in the New Year.
On Feb. 1, there will be a free winter carnival to raise community awareness from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the high school.
The event was created in response to a student survey that revealed the prevalence of social issues within the district. There will be multiple booths with different agencies presenting information about local resources and drug and alcohol awareness, as well as games, activities and food.
“We’re trying to make it fun as well as informative,” said John McDermott, a member of the Board of Education, during a meeting Monday night.
Additionally, Superintendent Mark Bessen said Mike Gray, director of the Washington County Youth Bureau, was able to donate $450 from his agency toward the carnival. Gray has been working closely with the district through a series of community forums surrounding social issues.
McDermott spoke about one such recent forum, which focused on the mental health of students; on the survey, many students reported feeling depressed or suicidal.
“It was a nice core group of participants. He (Gray) has been impressed that we’ve been able to hit the ground running and that we were able to get as much done as we have,” McDermott said.
During the meeting, Board Member Audrey Hicks reported on a recent meeting of the Math Task Force Committee, which was formed to combat problems with math within the district.
She said one of the math leaders, Willard Hardin, said teachers are setting shorter term goals in order to leave flexibility for Common Core standards.
“There’s a concern that there will be a need for remediation,” she explained, so the committee is considering a summer program to target that area.
“It would be more camp-oriented, aimed at helping them not lose ground over the summer. The kids are really needing help right now,” Hicks said.
In other matters:
-The board approved a trip for students to attend the New York State Vex Robotics Championship in Syracuse.
-District Business Manager Cathy Somich said the cafeteria was at a $267 loss as of November.
“We almost broke even, which is good. Basically it’s going good so far; we’re tracking inventory close, trying some new items,” Somich said.
-The board approved the resignation of Betsy Birchenough for the purpose of retirement, and the resignation of Cindy Krueger as a bus monitor, substitute driver and substitute non-certified teaching assistant. District Clerk and Superintendent Connie Resetar also resigned as a typist but will remain in her current position.
-The board appointed Rebecca Patch as a substitute typist, Tracy Simons as a substitute teaching assistant and Barbara Banta as a substitute teacher.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at the high school library.