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New computers, new administrators greet Granby students

  • West Street Elemetary in Granby recently received a donation of 25 new computers.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    West Street Elemetary in Granby recently received a donation of 25 new computers.
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  • Matthew Beaulieu works on the roof of East Meadow Elementary School in Granby. The roof was 30 years old.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Matthew Beaulieu works on the roof of East Meadow Elementary School in Granby. The roof was 30 years old.
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  • Matthew Beaulieu works on the roof of East Meadow Elementary School in Granby. The roof was 30 years old.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Matthew Beaulieu works on the roof of East Meadow Elementary School in Granby. The roof was 30 years old.
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  • The roof at East Meadow Elementary School in Granby is being replaced for the first time in 30 years.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    The roof at East Meadow Elementary School in Granby is being replaced for the first time in 30 years.
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  • Tony Plasse works on the roof of East Meadow Elementary School in Granby. The roof was 30 years old.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Tony Plasse works on the roof of East Meadow Elementary School in Granby. The roof was 30 years old.
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  • Jonathan Cavallo is the new principal at Granby Junior-Senior High School.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Jonathan Cavallo is the new principal at Granby Junior-Senior High School.
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  • Jonathan Cavallo is the new principal at Granby Junior-Senior High School.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Jonathan Cavallo is the new principal at Granby Junior-Senior High School.
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  • West Street Elemetary in Granby recently received a donation of 25 new computers.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    West Street Elemetary in Granby recently received a donation of 25 new computers.
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  • Technology director David Lukaskiewicz is the technology director at West Street Elementary in Granby. The school recently received 25 donated computers.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Technology director David Lukaskiewicz is the technology director at West Street Elementary in Granby. The school recently received 25 donated computers.
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  • The computers West Street Elementary had before the 25 donated computers replaced them.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    The computers West Street Elementary had before the 25 donated computers replaced them.
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  • West Street Elemetary in Granby recently received a donation of 25 new computers.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • Matthew Beaulieu works on the roof of East Meadow Elementary School in Granby. The roof was 30 years old.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • Matthew Beaulieu works on the roof of East Meadow Elementary School in Granby. The roof was 30 years old.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • The roof at East Meadow Elementary School in Granby is being replaced for the first time in 30 years.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • Tony Plasse works on the roof of East Meadow Elementary School in Granby. The roof was 30 years old.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • Jonathan Cavallo is the new principal at Granby Junior-Senior High School.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • Jonathan Cavallo is the new principal at Granby Junior-Senior High School.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • West Street Elemetary in Granby recently received a donation of 25 new computers.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • Technology director David Lukaskiewicz is the technology director at West Street Elementary in Granby. The school recently received 25 donated computers.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • The computers West Street Elementary had before the 25 donated computers replaced them.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

West Street School Principal Deborah Barthelette said that as members of the faculty have trickled in, they can’t help but notice the change. The old computers had box-shaped monitors.

“As they walk in, they cannot believe our computer lab looks like this,” Barthelette said. She added that she’s glad the new machines will give off a lot less heat.

David Lukaskiewicz said the replacement computers will run several times faster than the previous ones, and will be installed with a more recent version of Microsoft Office.

The district also replaced computers in three labs at the high school, as well as about two-thirds of the lab computers at East Meadow School. The majority of new computers in the district were donated to the school from the federal program Computers for Learning.

The replacement of the computers is among several changes in the Granby school system for the 2013-2014 school year.

Students at the high school will be greeted by new Principal Jonathan Cavallo, who formerly headed East Meadow School. He was appointed by Superintendent Isabelina Rodriguez to replace Peter Dufresne, who left to become principal of Thornton Burgess Middle School in Hampden.

Cavallo, who previously served as the high school’s assistant principal for nine years, said he is looking forward to re-establishing the relationships he had with students, staff and parents.

To replace Cavallo, fifth-grade teacher Jennifer Champagne will serve as interim principal of East Meadow School for one year. East Meadow fifth-grade teacher Alycia Ogg, who before Champagne’s appointment was going to move to the fourth grade, will remain as a fifth-grade teacher in Champagne’s place.

Also joining the administrative staff is Anthony Ryan, who will be interim director of pupil services until the end of December. Ryan is recently retired from his position as assistant superintendent for Hampshire Regional Schools.

Rodriguez said she is happy with the administrative team she has assembled.

“I think people in Granby are going to feel comfortable with the people I have selected,” she said.

With the end of the seventh and eighth grade Wellness program due to budget cuts, students in these grades will see changes to their schedules. Instead of wellness classes each day, there will be academic enrichment classes in math, science, English and social studies. These classes will be taught by classroom teachers and provide focused instruction on specific content areas of different subjects, Cavallo said. In addition, physical education will be held every other day for these grades instead of every day.

Also new this year will be a new district-wide math curriculum for kindergarten through Grade 12, Rodriguez said. The change is in response to concerns raised by community members about a lack of consistency about how math was approached at different grade levels, she said. New textbooks have been ordered.

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