Tag Archives: Bessen

Layoff list now official

Despite concessions by the Granville Teacher’s Association which helped save five teaching positions at the high school, 15 teaching assistant and monitor positions and eight teachers will lose their jobs as a result of $1.6 million in lost state aid over the past two years. The Granville Board of Education approved the dismissal of seven […]

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Union agrees to givebacks to save five teaching jobs

Two year contract contains step free One year freeze saves five jobs   By Matthew Rice   The Granville Teachers Association agreed to a new contract with a Wednesday night April 6 vote, a move which will save five teaching jobs in the high school. The contract was approved by the Granville Board of Education […]

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Top salaries take a freeze

Both the current superintendent of the Granville School District, and his predecessor will forego raises under their current budget plans. Superintendent Mark Bessen and business manager Cathy Somich previously stated they plan to go without a pay increase in the next year, saving the district just short of $7,000. Bessen’s raise would have been $4,500 […]

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GCS awaits aid numbers

As the smoke clears from a weekend of intense budget negotiations in Albany it remains unclear if rural high-needs school districts like Granville will see much restoration in state aid in the $132.5 billion state spending plan. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state leaders announced Sunday March 27 they had a budget agreement that restored some […]

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Save Our Staff – teachers, students urge board to reconsider cuts

Spurred by layoff notices sent to 13 teachers and 15 support staff members, taxpayers and students marched to the podium Monday night to urge the Granville Board of Education to reconsider its 2011-2012 budget proposal and save those jobs. On Friday, as required by contract, the 28 school employees received Reduction in Force (RIF) notices, […]

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School eyeing staff layoffs

With little word from Albany opposing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal Granville school officials have said they continue to prepare for the worst, including staffing cuts. “We still need to cut personnel and programs by $600,000,” Superintendent Mark Bessen said Monday night. At the regular meeting of the Granville Board of Education Bessen said […]

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New case of MRSA found

MRSA case at elementary school       Granville school officials announced the discovery, during the February break, of a case of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, identified in a student who attends Granville Elementary School. Superintendent Mark Bessen said the district was notified Monday, Feb. 21 a student received medical treatment for the infection […]

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School officials expect grim budget outlook

Even as preliminary discussion on the budget for 2011-2012 began, Granville School District officials warned the school board to brace for what could be an even bumpier ride over the next few school years if proposed aid cuts stand. “I want to try to paint you a picture of what the governor did to Granville […]

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School Eyeing Big Cuts

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $132.9 billion budget on Feb. 1 focused on closing the state’s fiscal gap, officials in the Granville School District heard little good news in the address. The governor’s aid run, the first indication school districts receive reporting potential state aid numbers, is down again, more than last year. Business […]

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Snow Days a concern for school officials

Granville and indeed the whole East Coast have been experiencing an old fashioned winter with lots of snow and cold temperatures, so it was no surprise snow days were a topic of conversation at Monday night’s meeting of the Granville Board of Education. Superintendent Mark Bessen reminded board members the school has a single snow […]

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Classifieds 09/02/15

Charges linger for 10 months, Man in limbo after arresting cop quits

Morrill resignation

By Christina Scanlon When former Granville Police Officer Marc D. Morrill resigned abruptly in April, several cases were still to […]

Trump, Cruz, Carson, Sanders top Washington County straw poll

Straw Poll

By Dan King The Washington County Fair met politics last week, as 737 people came out to vote in a […]

Naval Militia volunteers receive award

Naval Militia

By Dan King A group of seven area maritime veterans, including two from Whitehall and one from Granville, will be […]

Friendships formed at fair live on

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By Christina Scanlon Shortly after the gates opened at the Washington County Fair Friday morning, tractors were moving and stirring […]

First Friday this Friday

This month’s First Friday event, hosted by The Slate Valley Museum and Pember Museum and Library will features an unveiling […]

Teens’ summer jobs pay off

By Christina Scanlon As the summer of 2015 winds down and local youth prepare to head back to school, 50 […]

Hampton primary could decide election

By Christina Scanlon November’s election could be decided next week in Hampton, depending how the votes play out at the […]

Back to school in Hartford

By Christina Scanlon Teachers in the Hartford are headed back to school this week, while students across the district will […]

Backpack program, We Care Project join forces

By Dan King Last November the inaugural Mom Prom raised thousands of dollars for the We Care Project, which is […]

Changes everywhere as school begins today

By Dan King As students arrive at Whitehall Central School today, there will be abundant changes around them. Whether at […]

Bus routes honed as school looms

By Christina Scanlon The floors are gleaming with new wax, while outside the leaves are beginning to turn colors and […]

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