Tag Archives: Bessen

Esteemed District Secretary to Retire

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One important detail Mark Bessen asked about when considering the Granville superintendent position four years ago was the quality of his would-be secretary, Diana Pitts. The answer was encouraging. “She had a good reputation as being very organized and knowing about what needs to get done in the superintendent’s office,” Bessen said. And she has […]

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Negotiations making progress

After a long meeting last Tuesday, the Granville Teachers Association and the Board of Education are one step closer to finalizing a contract. It was the second meeting between the two groups and a mediator. “Progress is being made,” said John Shaw, president of the board. He said the meeting, which started around 4 p.m., […]

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County schools seek to pool resources

As cuts to funding affect many schools across the country, several local districts are turning towards each other for help. Administrators who say they are left with no other options are looking into combining resources. Along with five other school districts in Washington County, Granville and Hartford have recently undergone a regionalization study, which will […]

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Schools concerned about IEP graduates

For some students, the traditional educational route does not work, so school staff create an individualized education program or IEP for them.  However, the state has not been recognizing these individuals as high-school graduates. “They meet state exit criteria, but the state says they don’t count,” said Andrew Cook, the middle and high school principal […]

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Sandy may cast doubt on school budget

By Jaime Thomas Though Hurricane Sandy didn’t hit Granville physically, it may still hurt the school district. Mark Bessen told Board of Education members how the storm might make things difficult for them in the next fiscal year at a meeting Monday night. “The state’s going to be focusing a lot of attention on repairing […]

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Granville, Whitehall schools receive failing grade

By Jaime Thomas and Derek Liebig A Buffalo business journal has ranked Granville and Whitehall school districts as among the poorest performing districts in Washington County, and in the bottom 10 to 20 percent in upstate New York. Buffalo Business First ranked 430 school districts across 48 counties in upstate New York (districts in New […]

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Poucher joins Palmer as co-athletic director

By Jaime Thomas The Granville Board of Education has decided not to immediately discipline its athletic director Stephen Palmer, who faces assault charges following an altercation at The Forum nightclub on Saturday, Sept. 29. Superintendent Mark Bessen explained that Palmer’s issue is in the court of law at this time and pointed out that in […]

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School heads agree to new deal

The six administrators in the Granville School District will receive a 6.5 percent pay increase over the next three years, but will pay more of their insurance costs and will lose some stipends as a result of a contract approved by the Board of Education Monday night. Diane Dumas, president of the Granville Administrators’ Association […]

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Board hires six new teachers

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In a surprisingly quiet and quick meeting Monday night, the Granville Board of Education heard a brief update on the high school’s Regents test scores, raised the price for school lunch by a dime, hired six teachers, rehired three teachers’ aides who were laid off last year and named eight coaches. The meeting was in […]

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State test results mixed for grades 3-8

Granville school officials are getting their first look at the 2011-2012 statewide English language arts and mathematics tests, and an initial examination indicates decidedly mixed results. These are the tests taken by all students in grades three to eight. They are scored on a scale of one to four, and one of the main things […]

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Excitement continues at the Washington County Fair

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By Dan King and Krystle S. Morey Holy smokes! The final days of the fair are here already! The Washington […]

Shoppers’ ‘points’ can help schools get tools

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By Krystle S. Morey Granville residents can earn free supplies, musical instruments and playground equipment for their school simply by […]

Fundraiser for boy injured in ATV accident Saturday

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By Dan King Since 11-year-old Logan Pease was struck by a vehicle while riding his ATV in May, the community […]

Dirty water plagues users

The Orchard in North Granville

By Krystle S. Morey Several North Granville residents were plagued with dirty tap water last week after a local nursing […]

Step ‘N’ Time Dance Studio expands

Sondra Smith displays some of the dance attire that will be sold in the new dance shop.

By Dan King Step ‘N’ Time Dance Studio in Whitehall is expanding. The studio, which was once housed in one […]

Washington County Fair Aug. 22-28

Jaxon Beebe, of Granville (2)

By Dan King and Krystle S. Morey Holy smokes! It’s fair time! With an attendance of 120,000 annually, the Washington […]

County seeks PILOT for new solar projects

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By Dan King The Washington County Board of Supervisors wants Borrego Solar to pay some money for its solar project […]

Granville ends solar tax breaks

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By Krystle S. Morey Granville has opted out of the state’s solar tax exemption, which means solar installations being built […]

‘Go Horde’ signs paint town blue, gold

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By Krystle S. Morey Many may have noticed the dozens of “Go Horde” banners that have popped up around Granville […]

Whitehall man corresponds with former president

Former president Jimmy Carter (Credit: The Carter Center)

By Dan King It’s not every day you get a note from a former president. However, a Whitehall man received […]

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