Tag Archives: Mark Bessen

Board OKs teacher pact

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By Christina Scanlon The Granville Board of Education approved a four-year teacher contact at a special meeting Labor Day evening, hours before they were set to start the 2015-16 school year. The haste came as a result of last week’s union ratification of the contract. Approval by the board means the new contract will go […]

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Bus routes honed as school looms

By Christina Scanlon The floors are gleaming with new wax, while outside the leaves are beginning to turn colors and fall. It’s a sign that school is just around the corner and in Granville, they’re ready. School Superintendent Mark Bessen said they are putting the final tweaks on the transportation schedule. “It’s more of an […]

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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 most of the county and less than the state average, data shows. The statewide average for opt-outs in grades three through eight in math and ELA was 20 percent. Data shows that opt-out rates were […]

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School board’s role in hiring sparks debate

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By Christina Scanlon For the second time in as many meetings, Granville Board of Education members butted heads Monday over their role in the school district. A lengthy discussion ensued when board president Audrey Hicks suggested a procedure to deliver to the board more information about potential new hires prior to the board signing off […]

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School clarifies its liability coverage

By Joshua Bassett Citing possible misinformation, Granville Central School District staff said Education Law and insurance liability concerns keep them from sponsoring many youth sporting events at the school. That’s why school football coach Mario Torres asked the village of Granville to insure a Granville 7-7 football team and a camp at the school from […]

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Granville School Board votes to not extend Bessen’s contract

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By Joshua Bassett In a 5-4 vote, the Granville Board of Education has declined to renew school superintendent Mark Bessen’s contract, which will expire on June 30, 2017. In the meantime, however, the board increased his salary by 3 percent. Voting against renewing the contract were board members Greg Bourn, Audrey Hicks, Jo-Lynne Bartholomew, Nekia […]

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Common Core, not so common

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By Dan King and Derek Liebig A growing number of area parents are choosing to have their children opt out of the Common Core assessments in English and Math. The numbers vary by school district, but one common theme – no pun intended – is that parents are choosing to opt out at relatively large […]

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Berke: School leaders should live here

By Derek Liebig A candidate for the Granville Board of Education voiced his opposition last week to a collective bargaining agreement forged between the district and its administrators last month. Phil Berke told the board that he was “very upset” that the board agreed to eliminate a residency requirement mandating that members of the Granville […]

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Jane O’Shea leaves early, goes to Whitehall

By Derek Liebig Principal Jane O’Shea has left Granville Elementary School, three months before she was supposed to step down. Granville school superintendent Mark Bessen confirmed last week that O’Shea had accepted a similar position at Whitehall Elementary School. She began at Whitehall last Tuesday. Diane Dumas, principal at Mary J. Tanner School, assumed some […]

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School aid up, but varies by district

By Derek Liebig Local school districts are set to receive more aid under the state’s budget but those increases vary widely from district to district. The $142 billion budget, approved last Tuesday, calls for $23.5 billion in school aid, a $1.4 billion increase. But some officials are questioning the distribution of that aid. “We thought […]

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Obituary: Jessie O. VanGuilder

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Hampton, NY – Jessie Olive VanGuilder, age 76, passed away at Slate Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation following a  short illness. […]

Obituary: James L. Holcomb

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Granville, NY – James L. Holcomb took his earthly leave on Monday, August 12, 2019 at the the Slate Valley […]

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Obituary: Carolyn M. Young

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Pawlet, VT – Carolyn Moore Young, 89, passed away at her home in Pawlet, Vermont on August 13, 2019. She […]

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