Tag Archives: James Watson

Schools examine security

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School leaders in northern Washington County are taking a closer look at security procedures following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut earlier this month. Whitehall Superintendent James Watson said the district’s crisis team was planning to meet and review safety protocols at both the elementary and high schools. “We’re always […]

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Districting eyeing program cuts

The Whitehall school district could one day face educational insolvency if increases in expenses continue to outpace state aid. According to a survey conducted by the Council of School Superintendents, more than half of New York’s school districts anticipate reaching a point within the next four years where they will be unable to provide students […]

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School seeks voter approval to replace roof

The Whitehall school district has proposed a $240,000 capital project to replace a pair of roofs at the high school and local voters will be given an opportunity to vote on the measure next month. The district has proposed the removal and replacement of the swimming pool roof and cafeteria roof at the high school. […]

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Digital testing plan worries schools

By Derek Liebig and Jaime Thomas   A proposal by the state Education Department to switch to digital test taking by 2014 has local school officials concerned. The state has begun to send out overtures to local districts that it may require students take all state-administered standardized tests on computers, a proposal officials say may […]

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Granville, Whitehall schools receive failing grade

By Jaime Thomas and Derek Liebig A Buffalo business journal has ranked Granville and Whitehall school districts as among the poorest performing districts in Washington County, and in the bottom 10 to 20 percent in upstate New York. Buffalo Business First ranked 430 school districts across 48 counties in upstate New York (districts in New […]

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Test scores have district looking for answers

Administrators at Whitehall Central School District are reacting to the results of the latest math and English assessment exams and have begun implementing strategies they hope will improve students’ scores. The results from the exams, which are taken in April by every student in grades 3 through 8, show that fewer than half the students […]

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Changes, challenges ahead during new school year

The 2012-13 school year begins on Wednesday and ushers in some significant changes within the Whitehall Central School district. Perhaps the most significant change occurs at the high school, where the sixth-graders will move from the elementary school. Administrators suggested the move last spring amid declining enrollment and the recommendation was approved by the Board […]

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District tax rates set

Local residents that live in four of the five towns within the Whitehall School District will pay more in taxes according to the final tax rates released by the state. The tax rate will increase 5.15 percent in Whitehall, 5.3 percent in Hampton and Fort Ann, and 7.42 percent in Granville. The tax rate in […]

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Auditorium renovations on target

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The renovation of the Whitehall High School auditorium remains on target and is expected to be ready for graduation, according to school officials. “Right now the plan is for graduation to be held in the auditorium,” said James Watson, district superintendent. “There probably will not be any carpeting, but we’re confident we’ll be adequately equipped […]

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Run-off election to break tie

The Whitehall Central School district will hold a run-off election to determine the winner of the final Board of Education position. The election will settle a tie between Mark Ives and current board member Joyce Corcoran, each of whom garnered 13 write-in votes during last Tuesday’s Board of Education elections. Going into last week’s election, […]

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Classifieds 01/28/14

Whitehall Marina, RV Park sold to new owners

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By Dan King The Whitehall Marina, restaurant and RV park have new owners. Bill Brina, owner of Dagon Enterprises, said […]

Culligan still wants to coach

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By Dan King Despite being terminated as the varsity football coach, Justin Culligan still wants to coach in Whitehall. Culligan […]

Whitehall Winterfest on ice

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By Dan King One of Whitehall’s favorite annual events will be on hiatus this year – the Whitehall Winterfest, which […]

Former Granville coaches doubtful move will help

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By Derek Liebig Some former Granville sports coaches are skeptical that a move to the Adirondack League will cure what […]

Community Heroin discussion at SUNY ADK

Residents of Warren and Washington Counties are invited to learn how heroin affects everyone in the community and discuss ways […]

Petitions available to run for village office

Potential candidates interested in running for public office have until Feb. 10 to submit their name for this March’s village […]

Cop: School district ‘as safe as can be’

By Dan King Despite some parents’ concerns, a Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy says Whitehall Central School is “as safe as […]

DeLorme’s 199 paces rifle club

Young Joe DeLorme has a career night, shooting a near perfect 199, including a 50 in the difficult standing position. […]

Cheerleaders to perform in competition

The Whitehall varsity cheerleaders will be performing in a cheer competition this weekend. Competition will begin at 10 a.m. on […]

Mayor LaRose to seek reelection

By Derek Liebig Granville Mayor Brian LaRose confirmed last week he will seek a second term in office, saying there […]

Rotary trivia night this weekend

The community’s brightest minds will compete Saturday to determine who has the greatest knowledge of trivia. The Granville Rotary Club […]