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WEBUTUCK— Come Tuesday, May 15, voters will cast their ballots not only for the 2018-19 school budget and a bus purchase proposition, but also for two members on the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE).

For this year’s election, there are two available seats, each with a three-year term starting Sunday, July 1 through June 30, 2021. The polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. in the high school gymnasium on Tuesday, May 15.

Rick Keller-Coffey

In addition to his three years on the Webutuck BOE, incumbent Rick Keller-Coffey’s experience...

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Webutuck appoints new principal to Eugene Brooks school

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By Kayla gangloff
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webutuck — The North East (Webutuck) Board of Education and Superintendent James Gratto have chosen a candidate to fill the vacant Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) principal’s position.
Jennifer Chason of Millerton will begin her duties as the new principal on Monday, Aug. 19, for the fall 2013 semester.
The position has been vacant at Webutuck since the sudden resignation of former Principal Jay Curtis in December 2012.

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From the halls of Webutuck to City Hall

Webutuck High School has produced many accomplished graduates, and Robert Walsh is one of them. Today, he serves as commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS). Since his appointment by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2002, Walsh has molded the department into one that provides assistance to small businesses and job seekers in all five boroughs.

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A word from those at the head of the class... Salutatorian Glen Gilbert-Rivas

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Glen Gilbert-Rivas spoke to Webutuck High School’s class of 2013 as one of three salutatorians on Saturday, June 22. (See story on this page.)
Glen was not surprised to find himself at the top of his class.
“While it did just kind of happen, I always tried to get 90s or higher in school,” he said.
Glen is headed to Cornell University in Ithaca for the fall 2013 semester.
“I chose Cornell because they have an amazing internship program,” he said. “My major is tied directly into intern opportunities and that was a huge positive for me.”

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A word from those at the head of the class... Valedictorian Kayla Kohl

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Webutuck High School’s class of 2013 was led academically by valedictorian Kayla Kohl.
Kayla spoke to her fellow classmates during their graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 22. (See story on this page.)
While Kayla knew she was a strong student, valedictorian was not her sole focus throughout high school.
“We’re a really small class,” she said. “I knew I was near the top, but overall we’re not a competitive class because of the size. During junior year I found out I was at the top, and it was then that I really pushed to stay there.”

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Webutuck class of 2013 looks toward the future

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Forty-nine Webutuck High School students, clad in green and white against a clear, blue sky, received their diplomas during the 59th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 22.
Superintendent James Gratto welcomed the crowd of family and friends on the front lawn before turning his attention to the “fine class of seniors.”
“Everyone in this audience is very proud of you,” he told them.

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Writers share work at Authors Tea

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Webutuck — Sixth-grade students, parents, siblings and teachers gathered on Thursday, June 6, at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School for the sixth-grade Authors Tea.
The gathered group sat in a circle as the sixth-grade authors read aloud from essays and projects they had been working on throughout the school year.
“We do this event to let the students show off some of the things they’ve been working on to their family and friends,” said Denise Conway, sixth-grade English, language arts and social studies teacher.

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Fun the focus of Field Day at WES

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By Kayla gangloff
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webutuck — Students at Webutuck Elementary School (WES) were in for a treat on Thursday, June 6, as the annual Field Day took over the track at Webutuck High School.
Each class donned T-shirts in their own special colors as they prepared for the first Field Day to include both morning and afternoon events.
“The morning was our traditional events that the kids really love, but this year they had a treat in the afternoon with more group-based activities,” said Webutuck Physical Education Teacher Kathleen Howard.

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Webutuck hosts eighth annual Eastern Dutchess College Fair

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More than 100 college representatives filled the gymnasium at Webutuck High School on Thursday, May 2, for the eighth annual Eastern Dutchess College Fair.
Students from grades seven through 12 attended the event to speak to representatives from community colleges, four-year schools and the Armed Forces.
“This year we’ve had a great turnout. Our guidance department worked really hard to make this a full and well-organized day,” said high school Principal Ken Sauer.

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Webutuck BOE moves forward on projects

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During a meeting on Monday, April 1, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education listened to two presentations regarding major projects slated for the district.
Seeking sewer solutions
Webutuck has been working with Jeff Budrow of Weston & Sampson Environmental Infrastructure Consultants to diagnose issues with standing water on the baseball field from the middle and high school building’s septic system. Budrow re-capped his prior findings noting that the soils used on the site are not absorbing liquid at a high enough rate.

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Webutuck school board approves final 2013-14 budget

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The North East (Webutuck) Board of Education unanimously voted to accept the final draft of the 2013-14 budget on Monday, April 15.
The public will vote on the $20,493,269 budget on Tuesday, May 21. The overall tax levy increase will be 1.70 percent.
With the new tax levy legislation, if the public does not accept this budget the district will revert to the same budget from 2012-13 as opposed to being able to put a contingency budget up for vote.

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