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WEBUTUCK — As part of its campaign to keep students safe from motorists illegally passing stopped school buses, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) is considering the advantages of installing Extended Stop Arms as a solution.

The subject was broached at a board meeting on Monday, Dec. 11.

“About two months ago, the board asked me to look into parents’ concerns about the buses,” Superintendent Ray Castellani said.

In response to the concerns reported to the school district, he brought the subject to the...

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Septic problems at Webutuck High School

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The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) on Tuesday, Feb. 19, discussed standing water on the baseball field at the Webutuck High School, which is related to problems in the septic system.
Consultant Engineer Jeff Budrow of Weston and Sampson Environmental Infrastructure Consultants was hired by the district to investigate the cause of the standing water.
“Basically wastewater goes out of the school, into a septic tank and then out to a leech field. The problem is in the leech field,” Weston told the board.

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Webutuck unveils new website and Parent Portal

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District has officially begun transitioning to a new website that will offer more features for staff, students and parents.
The current website, www.webutuckschools.org, will remain open throughout the transition period.
The new site, www.edline.net/pages/webutuck_csd, is up and running, but according to Technology Director Craig Trachtenberg, nowhere near complete.

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Congratulations, class of 2012

Graduation caps flew in the air in Millbrook once the students transformed into graduates.

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Webutuck modified baseball brings home 14-0 win

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Boys modified baseball team won its game against Rhinebeck 14-0 on Friday, May 18.
The team had been previously rained out on several occasions and took the opportunity to bring home the victory.
Pitcher Chris Reed only gave up two hits and struck out 12 players.
Daniel Thomas was the “hitting star,” according to Coach Tim McEnroe.
Thomas went 3 for 4 with 6 RBIs.
Eddie Ferratto also shone with a double and two runs scored.
Players Chris Milano and Angus Edminson both had RBI singles in the first inning.

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Sauer drops hard truths about dropout rate

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WEBUTUCK — During the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, March 12, High School Principal Ken Sauer talked about the importance of offering many after-school options, as a tool to lower the dropout rate.
Webutuck recently instituted an Intramurals Sports program and has been finding alternatives to sports for students who need additional support. Sauer stressed the importance of reaching out to those students who are showing signs of having trouble in school.
“We’ve had good success with this personal approach and we’re looking to extend that next year,” he said.

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Drivers wanted

The North East (Webutuck) Central School District displayed a need for bus drivers outside of the campus on Haight Road, at the Route 22 entrance. For more information call 845-373-4105.

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Summer meals questions raised

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) met on Monday, March 5, to discuss several issues, including the use of school facilities by the North East Community Center (NECC) for their Summer Meals Program.
Board member Kristen Panzer quickly identified herself as a member of the NECC Board and explained that she was not able to comment as a result of her dual positions.
The Summer Meals Program is a state-funded Department of Education grant program that provides meals for children in need.

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Theme Day at Webutuck brings fairy tales alive

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WEBUTUCK — During Webutuck Elementary School’s annual Theme Day on Friday, March 2, the halls came alive as “Once Upon A Time,” with dragons, knights and princesses everywhere.
Every year the school kicks off the Parents As Reading Partners (PARP) program with a theme. PARP runs through March and encourages children to read every day.
“The Theme Day is a way to get kids excited about the stories and about reading,” said Librarian Beth Murphy, who was dressed as Cinderella.

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Close knit

Members of the Webutuck Knitting Club, with instructor Jean Roccanova, showed their works in progress. The students help each other with projects and monitor their work using a chart. This enables the girls to take initiative and help each other with projects based on their areas of expertise. The club members knit and crochet a variety of projects, including purses and scarves, and welcome students who love to knit or are looking to learn.

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Webutuck considers intramural sports

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WEBUTUCK — Athletic Director Jon Zenz gave a report at the North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, to further discuss the modified sports program and proposed intramural program.
“We need to set the bar higher, and that starts with coaching. Kids should have a well-rounded experience, which means winning some games,” he said.
Zenz is looking to improve the modified teams by making sure the students involved are there for the right reasons.

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