Tag Archives: District Officials

School district receives clean audit

The Whitehall Central School District has adequate internal controls over payroll, according to an audit released last week by the state Comptroller’s Office. Auditors examined payroll reports, time sheets, claims forms and salary notices to determine if employees were paid according to their contracts. “We found the district established adequate internal controls over payroll. District […]

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Prescription drug abuse a local problem

By Jaime Thomas It gives a whole new meaning to basket party, but not in a good way. Teenagers dump various prescription medications into a bin, pick one at random and take it to get high. It has been dubbed ‘pharming,’ and it’s a serious trend that’s sweeping the nation and hitting hard locally, too. […]

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Fewer changes for new school year

The start of the school year in Granville will be unique in some respects in 2011 as relatively little will change (for a change). Major additions have been completed for the three buildings in the school district from Mary J. Tanner to Granville Elementary School to the junior senior high school. The gymnasium floor is […]

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Voters approve small school-tax increase

By Derek Liebig Voters in the Whitehall Central School District overwhelmingly passed the 2011-12 budget earlier this week. Tuesday’s final tally saw 175 residents of the school district vote in favor of the budget, while 58 residents voted against the spending plan. Voters also returned incumbents Virginia Rivette and George Armstrong to the Board of […]

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It’s official: five teachers know they’re safe

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Officials in the Granville School District announced April 14 the names of the teachers retained through concessions made by the Granville Teacher’s Association for a salary freeze. The agreement which saved the district more than $200,000 and included concessions on healthcare costs saved five teachers when district officials agreed to readdress the budget and find […]

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School Board adopts budget with 1.5 % tax hike

Eyeing an uncertain financial future and rising costs of operational essentials, the Granville Board of Education approved sending a $24 million budget to the voters May 17. The $24,048,554 budget will increase taxes less than the anticipated 2 percent cap looming over next year, with a 1.5-percent tax increase for 2011-2012. The budget will use […]

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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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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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Many Surprises Await Returning Students

‘New’ school year Regardless of where you matriculate within the Granville School District this school year, a few surprises await returning students as classes begin Sept. 8. (more…)

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On the Bubble

Gym floor damaged, school seeks answers In a time of tight school budgets with no funds to spare, officials got a nasty and potentially costly surprise last week when they discovered a portion of the gym floor at Granville Jr./Sr. High School had swelled out of place. The swelling, forming a “bubble” near the outside […]

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Classifieds 03/25/14

Search for Sasquatch resumes, forty years later

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By Dan King It’s been 40 years since the first reported Sasquatch sighting in Whitehall and now the quest to […]

Apathy leaves trustee seat vacant

Candidate pic Ken Bartholomew

By Dan King Whitehall’s mayor-elect, Ken Bartholomew was hoping someone would emerge to take his old trustee position, but that […]

Jane O’Shea resigns, cites issues with board

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By Derek Liebig A Granville principal is resigning at the end of the school year because of a disagreement over […]

Whitehall Elks honor three for service

New Elks officers are sworn into office

By Dan King Ken McKee, an old Whitehall Elk, used to tell his kids that the acronym BPOE stood for […]

Reelected, incumbents face challenges

By Derek Liebig Members of the Granville Village Board will be together for at least two more years. Incumbents Dean […]

Keough to plant community garden

Jensen Keough

By Dan King A Whitehall High School student has come up with a creative way to support local charity and […]

Whitehall school officials want bobsled club back

By Dan King Until this year, Whitehall High School was the only school in the country with a bobsled club, […]

District, school administrators reach pact

By Derek Liebig The Granville Central School District and the Granville Administrators’ Association, with five members, reached agreement last week […]

Karas not concerned about budget

By Dan King Despite fiscal concerns voiced Board of Education member Frank Barber, Whitehall Central School Business Administrator Joe Karas […]

Whitehall/Fort Ann wrestlers raise $600 for cancer research

Julian Barber

Senior wrestler Julian Barber’s charity wrestling idea caught on with his teammates during the season, to the tune of $600. […]

Sasquatch sightings on the rise

By Dan King Officials say the snowy weather has driven local Sasquatches out of the woods and caused them to […]