By Jaime Thomas Local and statewide lobbying for increased educational funding yielded results last week as Cathy Somich, Granville School District’s business manager, received some good news. The district found out it will see an increase of $211,000 in state aid, which officials were initially not sure they would receive. “Legislature had a lot of [...]
Mark Bessen will be the superintendent in the Granville School District at least through the end of the 2014 school year after the board of education approved a contract extension May 23. In a contract amendment approved unanimously by the board 7-0, with two members absent, the move extended Bessen’s employment with the district beyond [...]
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 [...]
Patti and Tom Abbott of Whitehall, NY and Mike and Cathy Persons of Chittenden, Vt. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kara Persons, to Aaron Egan, son of Bonnie Egan of Queensbury, NY and the late William Egan of Fair Haven, Vt.. The future bride is a 2003 graduate of Whitehall High [...]
Board approves saving move Residents attending Monday night’s board of education got a lesson in what good credit can do for you when with one vote, the district saved $167,000. Business manager Cathy Somich brought a measure before the board requesting approval on refinancing of some of the debt left over from a [...]
Despite the relative youth of her team, Granville bowling head coach Cathy Kilby expects to see a competitive squad after it gets all the “new-ness” worked out. “I have a lot of new ones. I’ve got a few back after not bowling last year,” she said. After several years with the usual suspects making up [...]
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 [...]
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.
Stalwart Telescope employees promoted to key front office jobs Rick Butler and Robin Dodge have worked a lifetime at Telescope Casual Furniture. Between them, they have 67 years of accrued time, having worked their way up from the production floor to the front office through a series of ever-changing and increasingly demanding jobs.