Tag Archives: Bessen

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

Camille-Harrelson

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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Girls fall to Greenwich in opener

A stingy defense was too much for Granville to overcome in season opener Friday night. Granville was held to seven […]

Girls compete with Cougars

The Whitehall girls’ basketball team (0-3) is still seeking its first win of the season. However, the girls stuck with […]

Boys’ hoops handed first loss

After leaping out to a 2-0 start, the Whitehall boys’ basketball team was grounded at North Warren, 65-43. To say […]

Main Street rebounding, says dog salon owner

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By Dan King Malin Shepherd’s new dog salon on Main Street is a sign, she says, that the street is […]

What are you drinking?

Whitehall water

By Dan King If you live in the Village of Whitehall, your drinking water is perfectly healthy. That’s what the […]

Dared by friends, she write a novel

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By Derek Liebig It started with a dare. A few years ago, Granville resident Michele Sargent was having lunch with […]

Town to host hearing on fire protection

By Derek Liebig The town board will hold a public hearing later this month on proposed contracts for fire protection […]

School board discusses data, expenses

By Dan King The Whitehall Board of Education examined test data Monday and the analysis revealed the district still has […]

Village sewer fund gets $600,000 more

By Dan King The Village of Whitehall has received another $600,000 to work on sanitary and storm sewer separation in […]

All-star game for Milletts

Millett goes to Allstar game

By Dan King Whitehall-native Justin Millett, offensive lineman for the Glens Falls Green Jackets, represented his team at the Minor […]

Boys hoops fall in season opener

Greenwich’s ability to hit the outside shot sunk Granville in its season opener Friday night. The Witches hit 11 3-pointers […]

Commercial farming being redefined

The Town of Granville is in the process of updating its Right-to-Farm Law so that is differentiates between commercial and […]