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School board makes locker decision

By Jaime Thomas One lead door. It’s all that stands in the way of a volunteer effort to rebuild the high school concession stand. District Business Manager Cathy Somich told the school board at a meeting Monday night that after a test of the entire structure, one of the doors was found to have lead […]

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School board addresses lockers, social issues

By Jaime Thomas Despite talk of poor results on some recent state tests, Granville school officials were unable to discuss the matter at a meeting Monday night. “Some of the data is embargoed, and we can’t present it,” Superintendent Mark Bessen said, referring to mandates by the education commissioner of New York state. However, Bessen […]

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Rifle team wins league championship

The Whitehall Rifle Club defeated Galway 976-968, last Thursday in Hudson Falls to wrap up the Tri-County Rifle League Championship. Both teams had beaten each other on their respective home ranges to each finish 13-1, setting up the second shoot-off between the two in recent years. In 2008 it was Galway pulling out the win […]

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School board asks for tax payer input on budget process

By Jaime Thomas The Granville School Board proposed a 2.5 percent tax increase at a board meeting Monday night, but that number is not set in stone. Board of Education President John Shaw reminded everyone that if they hold at a zero percent increase this year, they’ll have to make up for it in the […]

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Board mulls appointment method

The Granville Board of Education started the process of seeking a new board member Monday night by deciding on a process for that search. Several options exist for going forward, but the one Superintendent Mark Bessen said he recommends would attempt to tap a former board member to fill the vacancy on a temporary basis. […]

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Steves hired, board has 90 days to replace him

Following a day of interviews Monday, Oct. 24 the board held a 6:30 a.m. meeting and appointed Steves effective Oct. 25. Steves will receive a $47,500 salary for the 12-month position, prorated for the remainder of the school year. The motion passed the board 7-0 with board member Kevin Ely not in attendance.    The […]

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Donnelly appointed to full-time position

James Donnelly’s loss was Granville school’s gain Monday night as the high school principal “lost” his interim status, and was named the permanent principal of Granville Junior Senior High School. Board of Education President John Steves announced the board decided Donnelly would be hired full-time at an executive session held prior to the Monday night […]

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Steves resigns as school board president

Opportunity prompts school board president to step down       Moments after announcing the decision to hire a permanent high school principal, Granville Board of Education President John Steves announced he was stepping down Monday night. Steves said he offered his letter of resignation, which was accepted by the board so he could “pursue […]

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School board changes took planning

Transparency policy long planned move, says board       Although it coincided with the first meeting led by new Granville Board of Education President John Steves, school officials said the move towards increased transparency had been in the planning stages for some time.   “We worked on that for more than a year” Steves said […]

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School board follows new executive session rules

First meeting under new format     In a move designed to make school board actions more transparent, the Granville Board of Education met Monday night with a new style agenda. Under the new agenda, board members will have to identify any item they might wish to discuss in an executive session at the beginning […]

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Obituary: Allan E. Golden

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North Granville – Allan E. Golden, 70, of State Route 22, passed away on July 17, 2019 at his home.  […]

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Obituary: Linda J. Beckwith

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Whitehall-Linda J. Beckwith, 75, passed away unexpectedly Monday July 15, 2019 at Rutland Regional Medical Center.  Born on Valentine’s Day, […]

Obituary: Robert Egil Olsen

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Robert Egil Olsen, 87, formerly of Salem, New York and most recently a resident of the Home of the Good […]

Obituary: Earl F. Carswell

ALBANY-Earl F. Carswell, 71 of Albany, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019, at St. Peter’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. […]

Obituary: Richard Morey

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Richard Morey, age 72, passed away following a four-wheeler accident on Thursday, July 11, 2019. Richard was born September 26, […]

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