Tag Archives: Bessen

Schools grapple with how to solve dismal test scores

Granville school administrators and teachers are playing a new role now that they have had a chance to look at the weak Regents scores for the 2011-2012 school year. All of a sudden, they are detectives. “We’ve got to identify where the breakdown was,” said Superintendent Mark Bessen when asked about the district’s response to […]

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Granville grads struff their stuff

Granville 6

By Krystle Morey   The front lawn of Granville High School was covered with family and friends to watch 105 members of the Class of 2012 walk across the stage Friday night, including two German exchange students, two college-bound juniors and Samuel McDermott who received his diploma from his father. The sky was blue and […]

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Board OKs budget

The Granville Board of Education passed its 2012-2013 budget Monday night, moving it ahead to the voters, and students at Granville Junior/Senior High School got an unexpected bonus out of it. Earlier this month, the state increased its aid to the district by $219,898, and while the majority of that will go to decrease the […]

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School board to see heavy turnover

Four seats up for election on the Granville Board of Education, and those interested in the seats must file candidacy papers with 25 signatures by 5 p.m., Monday, April 16. Three of the four board members whose seats are up for re-election said Monday they will not be running for another term. The elections will […]

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Schools unsure if they serve ‘pink slime’

Local school officials are exploring whether the beef products they serve to students is “pink slime.” “We’re going to probe into it a little deeper,” said Jodi Bradshaw, business manager for the Whitehall school district. She said the school participates in the U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities program and purchases much of its beef through […]

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Aid cuts have uneven impact, report shows

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Granville Superintendent Mark Bessen has been right all along. Earlier this year, as the School Board was trying to cope with state budget cuts, Bessen was adamant that the upstate districts were taking an unfair percentage of the cuts. Now, an expert in state aid says Bessen was right on the mark. Dr. Rick Timbs […]

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Board mulls appointment method

The Granville Board of Education started the process of seeking a new board member Monday night by deciding on a process for that search. Several options exist for going forward, but the one Superintendent Mark Bessen said he recommends would attempt to tap a former board member to fill the vacancy on a temporary basis. […]

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Steves hired, board has 90 days to replace him

Following a day of interviews Monday, Oct. 24 the board held a 6:30 a.m. meeting and appointed Steves effective Oct. 25. Steves will receive a $47,500 salary for the 12-month position, prorated for the remainder of the school year. The motion passed the board 7-0 with board member Kevin Ely not in attendance.    The […]

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School board changes took planning

Transparency policy long planned move, says board       Although it coincided with the first meeting led by new Granville Board of Education President John Steves, school officials said the move towards increased transparency had been in the planning stages for some time.   “We worked on that for more than a year” Steves said […]

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Board talks consolidation

The announcement of a retirement has Granville School officials talking about shared services. Monday night the Granville Board of Education accepted the retirement of long-time Transportation Manager Bob Jones, effective at the end of October. Superintendent Mark Bessen asked the board if he should post the job listing or begin to look into sharing the […]

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A year later, Pember on path to recovery

Bob and Mary (3)

By Derek Liebig A year after a state audit revealed the Granville institution was in a precarious financial state, the […]

A day in the life of a Whitehall Cop

Patrolman Joel Archambault issues a ticket during Monday's ridealong

By Dan King For a small town, there is always something to do as a cop in Whitehall. At 9:30 […]

Behavioral Specialist program to continue

Liz Legault

By Dan King The Whitehall Board of Education voted Monday to continue the district’s much-discussed behavioral specialist program. In an […]

Snail Mail gets slower

Whitehall Post Office

By Dan King People in New York’s rural municipalities, including Whitehall, may have to wait an extra day for delivery […]

Granville spirit night

By Derek Liebig Bolstering school spirit is the aim of an event that will be held tomorrow night at Granville […]

Hampton puts aside funds for equipment

By Derek Liebig The Hampton Town Board is putting some money aside for a rainy day. The board voted last […]