Tag Archives: Business Manager

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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‘System’ should prevent repeat

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  Granville Superintendent Mark Bessen said the system he has with business manager Kathy Somich provides the kind of oversight that should prevent a repeat of the recently discovered $1.4 million state aid error associated with the EXCEL project. Bessen said the two have a list of activities they know must happen at given intervals […]

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Clerical error wasn’t Caught

Error traced to former business manager  An error in the mechanism for reporting student attendance numbers to the state is the source for the $1.4 million surprise Granville school officials found when they prepared to pay for the $18.3 million EXCEL aid building project, district officials said. Officials said incorrect attendance numbers inserted into the […]

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‘Mistake’ to cost GCS $1.4 million

Granville School District residents will be picking up the tab on a $1.4 million clerical error relating to the funding of the current building project, the Sentinel learned Tuesday afternoon. When Granville School District officials pitched the EXCEL aid project to the voters in 2006, they said its tax impact amounted to nothing, nada, zero. […]

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Board’s goal is zero percent tax increase

  Board considers layoffs to meet 0 percent goal The Granville Board of Education heard Monday night the only way to get to its tax rate goal for the 2010-2011budget is to lay off four school staff personnel and spend up to $500,000 of its fund balance. (more…)

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Tax flaw is found

Calculation error leads to tax ‘increase’ Granville School District officials announced Monday the suspension of school tax collection due to an error calculating the recently mailed bills. School tax collector Rose Cary used the wrong equalization rate when computing the tax bills, resulting in smaller bills for Granville taxpayers, officials said. (more…)

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Teplesky looks back on five years at Granville

Superintendent looks forward, back           (more…)

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A ‘very painful’ time

State aid cuts loom, drop in fuel helps by Matt Rice Anticipating receiving no increases in state aid for at least the next two years the Granville Board of Education began the first phase of budget discussions Monday night with reducing spending on their minds. (more…)

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O’brien questions use of funds to mentor high school principal

Resident Pam O’Brien questioned the Granville Board of Education’s fiscal responsibility during an appearance at the Nov. 24 meeting for choosing to use grant money to hire a consultant. (more…)

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Torres will coach – again

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By Krystle S. Morey After a months-long process of back-and-forth appointments, rescinded hires and resignations, Mario Torres has been named […]

500 alumni attend Whitehall All-Class Reunion

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By Dan King Alumni from 19 states and two foreign countries made their way to Whitehall for the Whitehall High […]

Local couple to reopen Scotties’

Mark and Edie Pickard of Granville purchased Scotties’, a long-time diner and gift shop on Main Street, last week. The couple plans to preserve the atmosphere of the former Scotties’.

By Krystle S. Morey After about six months of negotiations, Scotties’ has been sold – and to a local couple. […]

Hicks tasked with reuniting school board

School Board President Audrey Hicks was reelected Monday, July 11. She is pictured here being sworn in at the board’s reorganizational meeting.

By Krystle S. Morey Focusing on academics, improving the graduation rate and boosting student participation are just a few things […]

Feature: ‘I’ve had a lot of fun in my life’

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By Dan King Margaret Lloyd Hoey has seen a little bit of everything in her lifetime. The 95-year-old Whitehall High […]

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Granville to pursue $30K Rail Trail planning grant

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By Krystle S. Morey The Granville Town Board voted unanimously at its meeting last Thursday to be the lead agency […]

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