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PINE PLAINS — Two years after solar panels were first proposed, the Pine Plains Central School District is now saving 80 percent of its cost for powering Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School.

Prior to the solar array’s installation, the cost of providing electrical service to the junior/senior high school building was $85,000 per year. When the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) began assessing the district budget for the 2019-20 school year, Pine Plains Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler proposed the idea of including solar panels in its energy...

Pine Plains

Agenda 2.0?

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PINE PLAINS — Will the Board of Education meetings of the future be conducted with paperless agendas?
BoardDocs, a company based out of Atlanta, is betting on it. At the Feb. 16 Board of Education meeting, a representative from the company (participating in a webinar, or Web seminar, from Georgia no less) presented its BoardDocs service, which is reinventing the meeting agenda document as a multi-layered digital file that the company says will reduce reliance on paper and make the government process more efficient.

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Pine Plains re-ups with Cablevision

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board decided to continue its long-standing relationship with Cablevision last week, voting unanimously to renew its 10-year cable franchise agreement with the company.
Cablevision’s Roger Connor was on hand at the Thursday, Feb. 17, meeting when the decision was made. Before the board agreed to do so, a few details were ironed out. Attorney to the Town Warren Replansky was present at the meeting; he had spoken with Connor about some of those details beforehand and advised the board as the discussion progressed.

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School highlights drastic scenario if tax cap passes

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education formally started its public budget process on Feb. 9. While it’s normal for concrete proposed numbers to still be at least a month away from the public light, the most interesting points to come out of that budget workshop were the drastic cuts anticipated in 2012-13 if the 2 percent property tax cap bill, currently before the state Assembly, passes.

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Lots of room for young readers at new library

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HILLSDALE — With a bigger space comes endless possibilities, and there’s a lot of new room at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, which opened last fall off Route 22. The library’s youth services coordinator, Emily Bennison, is wasting no time in taking advantage of the new digs.

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Lots of room for young readers at new library

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HILLSDALE — With a bigger space comes endless possibilities, and there’s a lot of new room at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, which opened last fall off Route 22. The library’s youth services coordinator, Emily Bennison, is wasting no time in taking advantage of the new digs.

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Task force sets its sights on affordable housing

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PINE PLAINS — A number of things resulted from the town’s adoption of new zoning laws last year — an Affordable Housing Task Force among them. The group formed during the summer as phase one in the town’s move toward creating affordable housing for those who live and work in the town of Pine Plains.

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