Tag Archives: Bessen

Esteemed District Secretary to Retire

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

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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Fire Co. renews search for lost horn

By Dan King Thirty years ago a silver plated presentation horn was stolen from the Whitehall Fire Company and the […]

Town finalizes speed reduction proposal

By Dan King Back in July, the Town of Whitehall drafted a proposal to reduce the speed limits of a […]

Officials weight safety vs. freedom of Amish

By Dan King Just when it seemed that all discrepancies and arguments about how to handle Whitehall’s growing Amish population […]

Superintendent upset with test scores

Whitehall Central School District Superintendent Elizabeth Legault has been analyzing data and researching educational policy in an attempt to turn […]

Increase in traffic hasn’t led to increase in accidents at intersection

By Dan King The intersection of County Routes 18 and 21 in Whitehall has always been a difficult intersection for […]

Enerjazz to conclude concert series

Whitehall’s summer concert series will be coming to a close on Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. and to say […]

Cheerleading made an official sport

By Dan King After years of being a club sport and funding all expenditures on their own, Whitehall cheerleaders have […]

State says their own building has code violations

By Dan King New York State Canal Corporation recently stopped by the new location for Friends of the Washington County […]

Storefront undergoes rebirth

A storefront that has stood on West Main Street for more than 100 years has been given new life. When […]

W. Pawlet auction Thursday

The West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual auction this evening at the West Pawlet Firehouse, Route 153, […]

State orders town to monitor former landfill

The state has threatened to take legal action against the town if it doesn’t begin submitting monitoring reports of groundwater […]

Silitch named Alumni of Year

A North Granville resident has been named Alumni of the Year at a college recently ranked among the top 100 […]