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District aims to balance quality education with decreased funding

By Jaime Thomas As pending insolvency looms, Granville School District officials are continuing to operate business as usual while trying to keep a low budget. At a workshop Monday night, which was attended almost solely by school staff, officials discussed line by line the 2014-2015 budget expenditures. Superintendent Mark Bessen opened the forum by explaining […]

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School officials: Don’t be surprised by depleted fund balance

By Jaime Thomas Granville school officials are sounding the alarm. If state aid doesn’t increase, the district will run out of money in two or three years. Fiscal insolvency is a serious possibility, and Superintendent Mark Bessen and Business Manager Cathy Somich want the public to know. “We don’t want anyone surprised. We’re telling you […]

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Parent unhappy with Granville sports

By Jaime Thomas One local parent is not happy with what she sees as a decline in the quality of sports in Granville. At a meeting Monday night, Jackie Hoagland addressed the Board of Education in what she called a challenge. “My concern is I’ve seen the athletic programs here steadily declining,” she said. “Do […]

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School board makes locker decision

By Jaime Thomas One lead door. It’s all that stands in the way of a volunteer effort to rebuild the high school concession stand. District Business Manager Cathy Somich told the school board at a meeting Monday night that after a test of the entire structure, one of the doors was found to have lead […]

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Locker decision

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By Jaime Thomas The Granville Board of Education moved a bit closer to making a decision about the boys locker room Monday night. After having an opportunity to look at and feel physical samples of new lockers, board members discussed their options. District Superintendent Mark Bessen explained what the refurbishment process would entail. “It would […]

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Principals discuss test results at workshop

By Jaime Thomas Following a regular business meeting on Monday, the Granville Board of Education held a more casual discussion. Though the public was invited to attend and share their ideas with the board, few community members showed. The focus of the forum was recently-released state test scores for grades three through eight on which […]

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Granville, Hartford expect growth after low test scores

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By Jaime Thomas Local results of statewide English language arts and mathematic assessment tests, which were released last week, are grim. Only 10.3 percent of Granville third-graders, for example, were found to be proficient at math, compared to 11.4 percent of eighth-grade students. In Hartford those numbers were 16.1 and 4.5, respectively. But these shocking […]

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School board addresses lockers, social issues

By Jaime Thomas Despite talk of poor results on some recent state tests, Granville school officials were unable to discuss the matter at a meeting Monday night. “Some of the data is embargoed, and we can’t present it,” Superintendent Mark Bessen said, referring to mandates by the education commissioner of New York state. However, Bessen […]

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Nelson resigns from school board

By Jaime Thomas Kathy Nelson, who has served on the Granville Board of Education for two decades, resigned after a school board meeting Tuesday night. On Monday, Nelson cited health issues as her reason for leaving and said the same in a letter of resignation. “Due to health considerations, it is with sincere regret that […]

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Granville names new principal

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By Jaime Thomas Less than three weeks after Granville Principal Jim Donnelly announced his resignation, the board of education found and approved a replacement for him. Camille Harrelson, who is currently serving as director of special education for the district, will be the new junior/senior high school principal effective Aug. 1 of this year with […]

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Torres will coach – again

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By Krystle S. Morey After a months-long process of back-and-forth appointments, rescinded hires and resignations, Mario Torres has been named […]

500 alumni attend Whitehall All-Class Reunion

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By Dan King Alumni from 19 states and two foreign countries made their way to Whitehall for the Whitehall High […]

Local couple to reopen Scotties’

Mark and Edie Pickard of Granville purchased Scotties’, a long-time diner and gift shop on Main Street, last week. The couple plans to preserve the atmosphere of the former Scotties’.

By Krystle S. Morey After about six months of negotiations, Scotties’ has been sold – and to a local couple. […]

Hicks tasked with reuniting school board

School Board President Audrey Hicks was reelected Monday, July 11. She is pictured here being sworn in at the board’s reorganizational meeting.

By Krystle S. Morey Focusing on academics, improving the graduation rate and boosting student participation are just a few things […]

Feature: ‘I’ve had a lot of fun in my life’

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By Dan King Margaret Lloyd Hoey has seen a little bit of everything in her lifetime. The 95-year-old Whitehall High […]

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Granville to pursue $30K Rail Trail planning grant

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By Krystle S. Morey The Granville Town Board voted unanimously at its meeting last Thursday to be the lead agency […]

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