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On Friday, Nov. 17, 15 student athletes from the Webutuck varsity girls soccer team volunteered their time to helping the local community by assembling food packages for the Thanksgiving holidays. Beginning at 10 a.m., the girls worked together as a team to pack up boxes of food inside the First Presbyterian Church in Millerton. “I try to get the whole team to do it because it’s nice to get food out to people in the community,” said senior Laura Mendez, who has participated in the program for all four years of her high school career. “It’s nice to be...

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Webutuck school budget adopted

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Central School District’s 2011-12 budget, adopted by the district’s Board of Education April 18 for voter approval in May, represents just one of a number of small budget-to-budget increases passed by the board in recent years.
During the past three years, Webutuck’s budget increased by 3.2 percent in 2009-10, decreased by 3.41 percent in 2010-11 and is proposed to increase 2.26 percent in 2011-12, if the budget passes.

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All-around workout for running group

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WEBUTUCK — Exercise for the body and exercise for the mind: Webutuck’s chapter of The Marathon Project has a little bit for everybody.
The Marathon Project is an exercise initiative sponsored and facilitated through the Dutchess County Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE).
Webutuck has participated for four years. Adults are paired up with students ages 12 to 18 to work toward becoming healthier, which includes not only physical exercise but learning to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle.

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Teachers’ union OKs concessions

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WEBUTUCK — The North East Central School District Board of Education and the Webutuck Teachers Association (WTA) union reached a last-minute agreement before the Monday, April 11 meeting. The union agreed to salary concessions for the 2011-12 school year on the condition that no union teaching positions be eliminated. The deal exempted positions that would not be filled after a retirement.

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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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