Tag Archives: Granville Central School

School budget unchanged after virtual public hearing

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By Matthew Saari There were only a handful of questions on the proposed budget for the Granville Central School District. The Granville Board of Education conducted a public hearing remotely Monday night, allowing the public to comment and question the district’s tentative $26,136,086 spending plan for 2020-2021. “There were a couple of questions from the […]

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Write-in candidate vies for school board

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By Duncan Campbell Nicole Austin-Arbuckle is vice president of the Granville Central School District Parent-Teacher Organization, director of the Backpacks for Hunger program and a daycare provider. She graduated from Granville High School in 2005 and has four children, three of whom are students. It’s this background that has motivated her to write her name […]

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Teacher’s union president weighs in on school budget

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To the editor: Last week, the final reduction in force notifications for Granville Central School went out, and three teachers were notified that their positions were being cut. They include a technology position at the high school, a foreign language position also at the high school and a pre-Kindergarten position. These will join four other […]

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Granville school board approves budget, layoffs

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By Matthew Saari The Granville Board of Education has approved a $26 million spending plan for the 2020-2021 school year that will include 11 staff layoffs. Board members and school administrators met remotely Tuesday night via Google Meet during which time the budget was presented and approved by an 8-0 vote, with board member Patricia […]

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School may lay off 11 employees; decision to be made Tuesday

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By Matthew Saari The Granville Central School District may lay off 11 district employees to compensate for budgetary shortfalls for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Granville Board of Education met remotely Monday night via Google Meet and immediately convened to an executive session which lasted about 40 minutes. However, due to a technical error, the […]

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School board debates how to vote

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By Duncan Campbell Members of the Granville Board of Education voiced concerns Monday night over a proposal to send absentee ballots only to voters from previous budget elections. The board met via telephone conference through Google Meet. Board Member Phil Berke called the option ridiculous. He explained that it would disenfranchise people who either haven’t […]

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School may face staff reductions

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By Matthew Saari The Granville Central School District may have to cut staff because of state budgetary shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Granville school superintendent Tom McGurl said Tuesday that the district’s state aid for the 2020-2021 school year may be cut by as much as 20% – the equivalent of $2.5 million. Combined […]

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School athletes’ hopes dashed

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By Keith Harrington Six weeks ago local spring sports teams were a week and a half into practice for the season. Many squads envisioned lofty goals. Seniors knew this was their final go-round – one last opportunity to claim a league, sectional, or maybe even a state championship. Then on March 16 Gov. Andrew Cuomo […]

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School budget at $27 million; district facing state aid cuts

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By Matthew Saari The Granville Central School District has a tentative $27 million budget in the works but the COVID-19 pandemic is throwing a sizable wrench into the works. Because of the coronavirus and subsequent state-mandated shutdowns, the state is facing a $15 billion budget shortfall, which is trickling down into public education. “We are […]

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School closure extended, Regents exams canceled

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By Matthew Saari Earlier this week New York State extended the COVID-19 school closure until the end of the month and canceled this year’s Regents examinations. Tuesday morning, after the exam cancellation was announced, details were sparse, with local administrators having no more information than the public. “I do not have any information beyond what […]

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Obituary: Stephen J. Vladyka

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Whitehall-Stephen Joseph Vladyka, 79, passed peacefully on August 1, 2020, at his home in Whitehall, NY. Mr. Vladyka was preceded […]

Obituary: Laurence E. Andrews

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Granville, NY – Laurence E. Andrews passed away on the family farm at the age of 99, holding hands with […]

Ask Matt – Will there really be new episodes to watch this fall?

Question: With the coronavirus epidemic and social distancing, will there be any new TV episodes this fall? –C Brown Matt […]

Morgan Kohan looks for ‘Love on Harbor Island’

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By Barb Oates Lake homes, romance and rescue dogs. We’re all in on Hallmark Channel’s latest original Love on Harbor […]

Rick’s Picks – ABC’s fall lineup

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By Rick Gables ABC’s primetime fall lineup will include David E. Kelly’s new drama Big Sky, Kari Lizar’s new comedy […]

ReMIND, ReWIND – Kirk Douglas, the modern movie antihero

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Intense and hard-charging, Kirk Douglas didn’t just make great movies; he made movies worth watching. By Stephen Whitty, ReMIND Magazine […]

Novel a ‘love letter’ to Granville, Whitehall

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By Jay Mullen As he walked around town at the time of Granville’s 40th High School Reunion two summers ago, […]

Scott signs executive order setting Sept. 8 as school opening day

Governor Phil Scott has signed a directive officially setting Tuesday, Sept. 8 as the universal reopening date for Vermont schools. […]

Whitehall outlines school plans

Whitehall Central School District eyes A/B day schedule.

By Jay Mullen Superintendent Patrick Dee outlined the school district’s plan to reopen this fall in a YouTube video posted […]

Compliance officer hired by village

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By Jay Mullen   After about a year of searching for a replacement, the village of Whitehall finally has its […]

Nuisance law approved by village

A proposed law would give the Whitehall Village Board the authority to remove a structure’s license of occupancy.

By Matthew Saari The Village of Whitehall unanimously approved a nuisance property law after fielding only a few comments at […]

Lakes Region FreePress, July 31, 2020

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