Tag Archives: School Districts

Enrollment decline continues at WCS

Enrollment continues to decline within the Whitehall Central School District, reflecting what has become a countywide trend. The New York State Education Department released its district report cards for the 2011-12 school year and the number of students who attended school in the district dropped for the seventh straight year. There were 742 students enrolled […]

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Granville robotics team competes in California

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By Jaime Thomas More than 400 teams from all over America and the world gathered in Anaheim, Calif., last week for the Vex Robotics World Championship. Four students and a teacher from Granville were among them. Accompanied by their teacher, Gary Gendron, Marc Billow, Christina Rice, Jordon Penor and Joey Lea competed 10 times over […]

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Poucher named New York’s Asst. Principal of the Year

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By Jaime Thomas Out all the school districts in New York State, Granville High School’s own Dan Poucher was recently named Assistant Principal of the year. High School Principal Jim Donnelly, along with various department heads and union and school leaders, signed a nomination to get Poucher in the spot because he believes he took […]

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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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County schools seek to pool resources

As cuts to funding affect many schools across the country, several local districts are turning towards each other for help. Administrators who say they are left with no other options are looking into combining resources. Along with five other school districts in Washington County, Granville and Hartford have recently undergone a regionalization study, which will […]

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Tough decisions, time may deter candidates

When last Monday’s deadline for candidates to file a petition to run for a seat on the Whitehall Board of Education came and went, only one person had submitted their name for three open spots. Whitehall is one of several local districts that do not have enough candidates to fill the upcoming vacancies on the […]

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WCS listed as last in county: Depsite ranking, school looks at test scores for true measurement

The Whitehall Central School district was recently rated as the poorest performing district in Washington County by a weekly business publication in Buffalo, but administrators say the rankings don’t necessarily tell the whole story. Buffalo Business First ranked 431 school districts across 48 counties in upstate New York and Whitehall received a ranking of 379. […]

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STAR change

Residents not taking advantage of the school tax payment delay have been finding something odd with the school tax relief program or STAR, school officials report. Although taxpayers might take advantage of the option to pay as late as Oct. 21 without penalty after Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order granting a delay to counties […]

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Board talks consolidation

The announcement of a retirement has Granville School officials talking about shared services. Monday night the Granville Board of Education accepted the retirement of long-time Transportation Manager Bob Jones, effective at the end of October. Superintendent Mark Bessen asked the board if he should post the job listing or begin to look into sharing the […]

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Schools wary of tax cap impact

  The last day of the recent state legislative session was a momentous one and saw state lawmakers make sweeping changes to state law. And those changes went far beyond same-sex marriage straight to the future of education in small towns like Granville. Just before the same-sex marriage bill passed, senators and representatives passed a […]

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Classifieds 08/27/15

Washington County Fair in full swing

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By Linda Ellingsworth There’s still plenty of time to experience the excitement of the Washington County Fair. A celebration of […]

Coin drops hurt by bridge work

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By Dan King Those who volunteer their time to serve the people of Whitehall say their coin drop operations have […]

Working together: town, village fixing waterline

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By Dan King For the past week and a half the town and village of Whitehall have been working together […]

Washington County Board opposes Common Core

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By Dan King The third time was indeed a charm for Hartford Supervisor Dana Haff and activist Bob Schulz. Haff […]

Townwide sale next weekend

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By Dan King Bargain seekers will converge on Whitehall Labor Day Weekend, as they seek the best deals around. The […]

Three vying for public safety position

By Christina Scanlon Washington County supervisors have narrowed the field to three candidates for county public safety director and will […]

Recycled teens applauded

By Christina Scanlon Nine honorary members of the Mettowee Valley Senior Citizens were honored last week at a luncheon filled […]

County opposes pregnant inmate restraint changes

By Dan King The state Legislature passed a bill in June that limits the use of restraints on pregnant inmates, […]

Granville, Hartford low opt outs; Whitehall average

By Dan King and Christina Scanlon Students at area school districts opted out of Common Core with less frequency than […]

Eighty-one take part in football camp

By Christina Scanlon Summer football camps for students at Granville are nothing new. Over the years, the players have attended […]

Northshire Freepress – 08/21/15

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