Tag Archives: Special Education

School board has tentative budget

By Jaime Thomas The Granville school board passed a tentative final budget following a workshop Monday night. There will be a 2.5 percent tax increase, which will raise the levy $167,000 from $6,661,872 to $6,828,419. Board members could have raised the tax levy as much as 4.8 percent but voted several weeks ago to keep […]

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Schools concerned about IEP graduates

For some students, the traditional educational route does not work, so school staff create an individualized education program or IEP for them.  However, the state has not been recognizing these individuals as high-school graduates. “They meet state exit criteria, but the state says they don’t count,” said Andrew Cook, the middle and high school principal […]

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Changes welcome students

The usual start-of-school jitters may be even more intense than usual next week, as the Granville schools open the year with new principals in two schools, a new director of special education, a new chief information officer and a second-year principal at the high school. Add to that the addition of new state regulations for […]

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Granville Elementary welcomes new leader

By Bill Toscano   One of the most successful programs at Granville Elementary School with Diane Dumas as principal was the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention System, which focuses on rewarding students when they are “caught” following the rules. That’s not going to change under the new principal, Jane O’Shea, who is a certified PBIS trainer. […]

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Face of Mettawee changes

By Bill Toscano At Mettawee Community School, Brooke DeBonis is ready to get started in her new role as principal. “I am really looking forward to the opportunity to be a leader,” said DeBonis, who opened the school year Wednesday, Aug. 29, replacing Nancy Marks, the only principal the two-decade old school ever had. “We […]

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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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School board faces change, challenges

By Bill Toscano   For schools and boards of education, the new year didn’t start in January, but rather on July 1. In Granville, that meant a new principal at Granville Elementary School, a veteran principal moving from GES to Mary J. Tanner, a new director of special education and two new Board of Education […]

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Matthew Fiske, 43

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

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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 […]