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WEBUTUCK — After the anticipation leading up to last month’s capital improvement project revote, the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) adopted a budget proposal for the 2017–18 school year.

Superintendent of Schools Ray Castellani organized the evening’s budget presentation on Monday, April 3. He thanked the community for approving Propositions 1 and 2 during the capital project vote on Wednesday, March 29. 

The BOE will hold a facilities meeting to decide on the project’s architect and construction group. Bill Wisbauer of Tetra Tech...

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Volunteer coach faces sexual abuse charges

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WEBUTUCK — Twenty-one-year-old Kristian Murtagh, a resident of the town of North East and a graduate of Webutuck High School (WHS), was arrested on Monday, Jan. 30, and charged with engaging in sexual contact with a 16-year-old student who attends WHS.
Murtagh was arrested by New York State Police (NYSP) from the Dover Plains barracks, and charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, and two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree, a class B misdemeanor.

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Webutuck AD Zenz resigns

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck High School (WHS) community recently bid farewell to Jon Zenz following his resignation as athletic director for the high school. 
He made a formal statement to The Millerton News about his reasons for resigning.
“The nature and time commitment involved was such that the $15,000 per-year stipend made it impossible to do the athletic director job and still address my other responsibilities in life, including coaching,” said Zenz.

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Webutuck PTA hosts its Annual Bingo Family Night

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WEBUTUCK — To kick the weekend off with an amusing start, families gathered at Webutuck Elementary School to play a few games of bingo at the PTA’s Second Annual Bingo Family Night.
The family event was hosted in the school’s cafeteria on Friday, Jan. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 

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Capital improvement plan sparks questions at BOE meeting

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WEBUTUCK— Given the crucial changes proposed in their recent capital improvement plan, the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 25, attracted a crowd of more than 20 parents who wanted to voice their questions and concerns.

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Schools support Grace Smith House for victims of domestic violence

WEBUTUCK  — This past year, the Webutuck Teachers’ Association (WTA) formed a Social Justice Committee, which strives to encourage awareness and actions that will lead to a more just world. 

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Webutuck BOE seeks public input on capital improvement plans

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WEBUTUCK — The $8.5 million capital improvement plan put forward by the North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) failed at the polls last December, only 181 in favor, 236 opposed.
Yet, according to Superintendent of Schools Ray Castellani, the work still needs to get done.
That’s why the superintendent and the school board are hoping members of the community will attend the BOE’s next meeting, set for Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., in the high school library.

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Eugene Brooks welcomes in 2017

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WEBUTUCK — Friday, Dec. 23, was a big day for most of the 260-plus students of the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School. The evening before, staff and faculty decorated one of the gymnasiums with a holiday theme, setting up tables, hanging garland, preparing food. Holiday-themed pictures done by elementary school students were part of the decorations, adorning the walls of the gym. There were servers and cleaners dressed as elves; some people wore brightly-colored Christmas sweaters and some sported antlers and Santa caps. 

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Jolly singing

Seats in the Webutuck High School auditorium filled for the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School’s annual winter concert on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Chorus Director Eric Wiener, center, introduced the fourth- and fifth-grade chorus, which sang classics such as “My Favorite Things” and “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

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Webutuck capital improvements project voted down at the polls

WEBUTUCK — In late October, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District Facilities Committee presented an $8.5 million capital improvements project to the Board of Education. Taxpayers took to the polls on Wednesday, Dec. 14, to decide the fate of that proposal. A total of 417 voters turned out to cast their ballots, with 236 people voting against the project and stopping it from progressing, at least temporarily. A total of 181 voters were for the project.

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Taxpayers to vote on Webutuck capital improvements project

WEBUTUCK— The North East (Webutuck) Central School District has set Wednesday, Dec. 14, as the date for residents to vote on the school district’s proposed capital improvements project.
The project will cost the district $8.5 million.
Project priorities include repairs to the septic system, the replacement of boilers at the high school and improving the visitor security system in the elementary, intermediate and high school.

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