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

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

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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Bob Preston Chase, 85

  Robert Preston Chase, (Bob), 85, of Poughkeepsie and Granville, N.Y. passed away on April 4, 2014, He succumbed to […]

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Community Calendar 04/10/14

Thursday, April 10   Gardening Books ARLINGTON For $3, Martha Canfield Library has “Gardening Book Bundles,” an individual assortment of […]

Village seeks to improve Main Street

The Village Board discussed bringing back a Business Façade Improvement policy and possibly new sidewalks on Church Street at their […]

Slate Museum hosting national art exhibit

Get ready to be blown away by Slate Valley Museum’s first ever National Art Exhibition – “Slate as Muse” that […]

Food pantry, Stewart’s makes donation

The Hartford Food Pantry and Stewarts donated $400 dollars to the Hartford Central School’s lunch program Wednesday, March 26. Pete […]

Kathryn Isabel (Evers) Layden, 82

Kathryn Isabel (Evers) Layden, 82, passed away on April 7, 2014, at Schuyler Ridge residential health care facility in Clifton […]