Tag Archives: James Watson

Schools examine security

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

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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Fire Co. renews search for lost horn

By Dan King Thirty years ago a silver plated presentation horn was stolen from the Whitehall Fire Company and the […]

Town finalizes speed reduction proposal

By Dan King Back in July, the Town of Whitehall drafted a proposal to reduce the speed limits of a […]

Officials weight safety vs. freedom of Amish

By Dan King Just when it seemed that all discrepancies and arguments about how to handle Whitehall’s growing Amish population […]

Superintendent upset with test scores

Whitehall Central School District Superintendent Elizabeth Legault has been analyzing data and researching educational policy in an attempt to turn […]

Increase in traffic hasn’t led to increase in accidents at intersection

By Dan King The intersection of County Routes 18 and 21 in Whitehall has always been a difficult intersection for […]