Tag Archives: School Year

District smooths out bus kinks

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By Bill Toscano Nine days into the school year, Granville’s school bus issues appear to have been resolved. John Steves, the district’s transportation supervisor, told the school board Sept. 10 that there had been some serious issues with the buses arriving late, especially in the afternoon. Since then, according to both Steves and Diane Dumas, […]

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Granville FFA part of fair record

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The more than 20 Granville FFA students who spent Sunday running the FFA barn and petting zoo turned out to be part of a record crowd at last week’s Washington County Fair in Greenwich. The FFA students, who traditionally staff the barn on the final day of the fair were among the 13,939 people who […]

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Granville Elementary welcomes new leader

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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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At Hartford, teachers face biggest changes

By Bill Toscano   When Principal Andrew Cook looks at changes coming up for the new school year, his attention focuses not on his students but on his teachers. “The tough part this year will come with the teachers,” he said, referring to the new state-mandated teacher evaluations, which direct schools to give a test […]

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Changes, challenges ahead during new school year

The 2012-13 school year begins on Wednesday and ushers in some significant changes within the Whitehall Central School district. Perhaps the most significant change occurs at the high school, where the sixth-graders will move from the elementary school. Administrators suggested the move last spring amid declining enrollment and the recommendation was approved by the Board […]

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State test results mixed for grades 3-8

Granville school officials are getting their first look at the 2011-2012 statewide English language arts and mathematics tests, and an initial examination indicates decidedly mixed results. These are the tests taken by all students in grades three to eight. They are scored on a scale of one to four, and one of the main things […]

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Schools grapple with how to solve dismal test scores

Granville school administrators and teachers are playing a new role now that they have had a chance to look at the weak Regents scores for the 2011-2012 school year. All of a sudden, they are detectives. “We’ve got to identify where the breakdown was,” said Superintendent Mark Bessen when asked about the district’s response to […]

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Tough decisions, time may deter candidates

When last Monday’s deadline for candidates to file a petition to run for a seat on the Whitehall Board of Education came and went, only one person had submitted their name for three open spots. Whitehall is one of several local districts that do not have enough candidates to fill the upcoming vacancies on the […]

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Mettawee’s founding principal retiring

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Two quotes, heard decades apart, sum up the relationship Nancy Mark and the Mettawee Community School have forged with the people of Pawlet, West Pawlet and Rupert over the last 14 years. “The first day the school opened, we had a celebration. We do every year, but this one was special,” said Mark, who will […]

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Obituary: Kenneth Robert Johnson

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After a brave battle with COPD, Kenneth “Ken”, “Kenny” Robert Johnson, passed away at his home on Friday, March 20, […]

Gov. Cuomo, Main Street needs a hand from Albany

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Covid-19 has completely changed the way we all live. But along with worrying about keeping themselves and their families healthy, […]

County faces financial ‘uncertainties’

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By PJ Ferguson Washington County officials are clouded by financial uncertainties stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic with County Administrator Chris […]

School slated to resume soon, officials await state guidance

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By PJ Ferguson As the news develops around the COVID-19 pandemic, the Whitehall Central School District faces some changes and […]

Obituary: David G. Morehouse

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Fort Ann, NY – David G. Morehouse passed away at his Dad’s house on March 13, 2020, joining his parents […]

Low COVID-19 numbers in county due to lack of testing, officials say

Washington County has declared a state of emergency resulting in the closure of all non-essential departments.

By PJ Ferguson Washington County officials project that more positive cases of the novel coronavirus exist in the county than […]

Obituary: David J. Little

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Middle Granville, NY – David J. Little, age 60, passed away on March 29, 2020 at his home, with his […]

Obituary: Crispen Winterburn

Crispen Winterburn, 49, of Manchester, NH, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 after a brief illness. […]

Town offices close April 1

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By Matthew Saari The Town of Granville offices will be closed to the public “until further notice” as of April […]

Village, school elections postponed until June

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By Matthew Saari The elections scheduled for both the Granville village and school boards have been pushed back several months. […]

Vermont schools closed, Granville eyes reopening

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By Matthew Saari   Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced last week that all schools in the Green Mountain State will […]

Washington County: Visitors, stay away

Washington County has declared a state of emergency resulting in the closure of all non-essential departments.

By PJ Ferguson Washington County is urging visitors, weekenders, second-home owners and short-term rental owners to stay away during the […]

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