Tag Archives: Granville School

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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Bessen: Cuts will not harm education

An on-time state budget did little to help close the budget gap in Granville and will lead to layoffs, district officials said. Granville school district officials discovered the restored aid in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s first budget will have little impact on the spending plan proposed by Superintendent Mark Bessen calling for 28 layoffs — 13 […]

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Pre-K

The Universal Pre-Kindergarten program will conduct a pre-registration screening April 14 and 15 at the Mary J. Tanner Primary School in Middle Granville. The screening will take place for Granville School District children who will be four years old by Dec. 1, 2011. Parents are asked to bring proof of age, immunizations records, proof of […]

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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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Quick action on ‘List’

Granville school officials said a student has been suspended and an investigation is ongoing into discovery of a so-called “kill list.” Superintendent Mark Bessen said a 12-year-old seventh-grader has been suspended from school for a list found recently in her notebook. Parents of the children named on the list were contacted, Bessen said. “If you […]

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Multiple storms strain snow budgets

Although Washington County has become a winter wonderland for fans of outdoor sports such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, the costs of keeping the roads used to get to the trailheads clear and safe are straining the budgets of the Granville village and town crews. Granville Town Highway Superintendent John Tanner said the frequency […]

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School gets high marks on MRSA response

With the discovery of a Granville wrestler with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, health and school officials are reminding students that a few simple tasks can prevent the infection. The bacteria that cause MRSA are fairly common, but should not be a source for concern if basic precautions are taken, Granville school district physician Dr. Carl Beckler […]

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Preparations underway for school year in Granville

The 2013-14 school year begins Wednesday and ushers in some significant change within the Granville Central School District. The district […]

Students build community of trust

Transitioning from elementary school to middle school is easily one of the most difficult processes in an adolescent’s life, but […]

Village approves new parking law

Last Tuesday evening the Whitehall Village Board of Trustees held a public hearing to discuss a potential parking law, which […]

Changes abound as school year begins

With the school year starting next Thursday for Whitehall students, the district has gone through a transformation this summer, one […]

Test scores improve, but continue to lag behind

Granville students showed improvement in both math and English on the state tests but continue to lag behind their peers […]

Youth Center for sale

The Granville Police Benevolent Association has put its youth center up for sale. Sergeant Dave Williams said a lack of […]

Former resident dies in accident

A former Granville resident was killed Saturday night in a motor vehicle accident on I-87 in Albany. Matthew Fiske, 43, […]

Quarryman not returning

One of Main Street’s most well known residents has been missing for years and it doesn’t appear he will be […]

Marion M. Watrous Donaldson, 94

Marion M. Watrous Donaldson, 94, of Adams Street went into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, […]

Classifieds 08/27/14

Matthew Fiske, 43

Matthew Parker Fiske, 43, passed away Aug. 24 as a result of a tragic automobile accident. One of God’s brightest […]

Northshire Freepress 08/22/14