Tag Archives: Superintendent

School board expects spending increase next year

It’s shaping up to be a bumpy holiday season for administrators at Whitehall Central School. Although the district is two months away from releasing their first preliminary budget, Superintendent James Watson said officials are staring at an 8.6 percent increase already. “I’d love to paint you a happy picture, but I can’t do,” Watson said. […]

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Hoping to lend a helping hand

For those who know a teacher, it might not be shocking news. But for one man, news that teachers spend money from their own pockets to buy school supplies for their classrooms was so shocking he decided to do something about it. The man perhaps more widely known for restoring an aging monument to World […]

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Leaf pick up different after Irene

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Tropical Storm Irene’s impact will be felt into the fall as damage from the storm will impact the annual leaf collection service. The Granville Department of Public Works will collect leaves as they have in the past, but have been forced to mandate the leaves be bagged this year. Residents are asked to put leaves […]

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Voters approve auditorium renovations

The high school will get a new auditorium after voters approved a two-phase construction project Wednesday that will result in the complete renovation of the facility. Voters were presented with two separate propositions: the replacement of the roof and the renovation of the auditorium. Both were approved by an overwhelming margin. The proposition to replace […]

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121 to graduate tomorrow

Amateur meteorologists around Granville will be keeping an eye on the Doppler radar and the long-range forecasts as the Class of 2011 prepares to bid good bye to high school and embrace its future outside for the third year in a row. “I’m hopeful we’ll be outside because then it’s the more the merrier,” Superintendent […]

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Board extends Superintendent’s contract

Mark Bessen will be the superintendent in the Granville School District at least through the end of the 2014 school year after the board of education approved a contract extension May 23. In a contract amendment approved unanimously by the board 7-0, with two members absent, the move extended Bessen’s employment with the district beyond […]

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Millett out as football coach

By Bill Toscano John Millett, who has coached three generations of Whitehall Central School football players, and has won 195 games, will not be back to coach the Railroaders this fall. Millett, who has had three separate runs as head coach, said Monday that he had met with Superintendent James Watson last week and was […]

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Work getting started at Tractor Supply Co. site

In case you missed it, Tractor Supply Co. is coming to town. Days ago, the first signs of activity began to appear at the site near the village-town border. Workers from Bast Hatfield began cutting trees to make a path for a large culvert pipe which will run underneath the finished project when the store […]

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Union agrees to givebacks to save five teaching jobs

Two year contract contains step free One year freeze saves five jobs   By Matthew Rice   The Granville Teachers Association agreed to a new contract with a Wednesday night April 6 vote, a move which will save five teaching jobs in the high school. The contract was approved by the Granville Board of Education […]

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GCS awaits aid numbers

As the smoke clears from a weekend of intense budget negotiations in Albany it remains unclear if rural high-needs school districts like Granville will see much restoration in state aid in the $132.5 billion state spending plan. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state leaders announced Sunday March 27 they had a budget agreement that restored some […]

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Torres will coach – again

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By Krystle S. Morey After a months-long process of back-and-forth appointments, rescinded hires and resignations, Mario Torres has been named […]

500 alumni attend Whitehall All-Class Reunion

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By Dan King Alumni from 19 states and two foreign countries made their way to Whitehall for the Whitehall High […]

Local couple to reopen Scotties’

Mark and Edie Pickard of Granville purchased Scotties’, a long-time diner and gift shop on Main Street, last week. The couple plans to preserve the atmosphere of the former Scotties’.

By Krystle S. Morey After about six months of negotiations, Scotties’ has been sold – and to a local couple. […]

Hicks tasked with reuniting school board

School Board President Audrey Hicks was reelected Monday, July 11. She is pictured here being sworn in at the board’s reorganizational meeting.

By Krystle S. Morey Focusing on academics, improving the graduation rate and boosting student participation are just a few things […]

Feature: ‘I’ve had a lot of fun in my life’

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By Dan King Margaret Lloyd Hoey has seen a little bit of everything in her lifetime. The 95-year-old Whitehall High […]

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