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WEBUTUCK— Along with reviewing the upcoming public forum for the Capital Improvement Project, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) examined its preliminary budget for the 2017–18 school year during its meeting on Monday, March 6.

Before going over the superintendent’s report, the board opened the floor to Webutuck High School (WHS) senior Kaylie Johnson as the meeting’s student representative.

On the subject of the school’s production of “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Superintendent of Schools Ray...

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More concerns over potential teacher and class cuts

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WEBUTUCK — The Board of Education and administration at the North East Central School District (commonly known as Webutuck) faced another round of criticism regarding the potential cuts to teachers and programming that have caught the public’s and staff’s ire for two weeks running.

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School helps with Japan Relief Week

WEBUTUCK — During the week of Monday, March 21, to Friday, to March 25, the students and faculty at Webutuck Elementary School (WES) held a spirit week to raise funds for victims of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. Each day a different event took place (Hat Day, Slipper Day, Stuffed Animal Day, Backwards Day and Red and White Day).
Students and faculty donated $1 for each day that they chose to participate. Many donated much more. As a thank-you, David Friedman, a WES teacher whose wife is from Japan, donated a handmade paper crane to each person who participated.

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BOE looks for union concessions

Webutuck grilled over possible staff cuts
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WEBUTUCK — A group of teachers and staff in the North East Central School District (commonly known as Webutuck) joined parents and students in protesting the district’s tentative staff reduction proposals, which were discussed privately with the affected personnel late last month.
About a dozen staff were notified by district Superintendent Steven Schoonmaker during private meetings on March 24. They were told that their positions or particular classes they taught were on a short list of potential reductions the district could make to meet budget goals for the 2011-12 school year.

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Board of Ed looks to give away Millerton Elementary

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WEBUTUCK — The wheels have begun turning for the North East Central School District (commonly known as Webutuck) Board of Education (BOE). Its members are thinking about donating the Millerton Elementary School building to a worthy recipient just as it gave, for $1, the former Amenia Elementary School building to the town of Amenia last year.

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Students compete for ruling

Mock Trial Team
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HARLEM VALLEY — “Objection, Your Honor ...”
“Your Honor, if I may ...”
“Thank you, Your Honor.”
A little civility was brought to the proceedings at the Pine Plains Courthouse on Tuesday, March 22, among the banter (and occasional badgering) that one might expect from a highly anticipated trial. And from her bench, presiding Town Justice Christi Acker kept the lawyers in line, sustaining and overruling numerous objections.

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Webutuck superintendent addresses concerns regarding missed budget deadlines

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WEBUTUCK — While neighboring districts have dedicated a large amount of time at recent Board of Education (BOE) meetings to the budget process this year, little has been made public about the upcoming budget proposal for the North East (Webutuck) Central School District.

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Webutuck’s month of reading focus is outer space

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WEBUTUCK — Space is the place to be if you’re a student (or teacher) at Webutuck Elementary School: the PARP (People as Reading Partners) reading initiative kicked off this month with the typical bang known as Theme Day.
For the past six years, the PARP program has encouraged children to read for at least 15 minutes each day with their parents. Each Friday for the entire month of March, the students bring in their checklist, certifying that they have met that reading quota at least five of the past seven days.

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From Baghdad to Webutuck

WEBUTUCK — Red Hook native Shawn Conway only had two weeks home after a year and a half on tour in Baghdad, Iraq, but he chose to spend some of it in a Webutuck classroom.
Conway, 21, is the nephew of fourth-grade teacher Denise Conway, who teaches at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School. He made the trek to Webutuck on Feb. 17, a little less than a week after arriving stateside.
Conway, as he explained to his aunt’s students, is a truck driver for the United States Army in Iraq. He helps close out bases as the United States continues to pull out troops from the Middle East.

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Area schools embrace new techno­logies

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HARLEM VALLEY — Wordle. Glogster. Moodle. Back Channel. Prezi. Guest Atlantis. Anything ring a bell to anyone? If so, maybe you’re part of an Internet upstart on the cutting edge of digital technology.
Or maybe you’re just an elementary school student in one of the local school districts.

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