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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) dove headfirst into its preparations for the coming 2019-20 school year during its annual reorganization meeting in July. 

Webutuck District Clerk Tracy Trotter administered the oath of office to re-elected BOE members Steve Abad and Chris Mayville. Judy Moran and Nikki Johnson were sworn in as the new board president and vice president, respectively. And Webutuck Superintendent of Schools Raymond Castellani  was also given the oath of office.

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BackPacks fight hunger

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Since the fall of 2012, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District has participated in the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York’s (Regional Food Bank of NENY) BackPack Program, a donation-based service that provides backpacks filled with food for students in times of need.
The greater program launched in 2007 with one partner school.
According to the Regional Food Bank of NENY’s website, www.regionalfoodbank.net, the BackPack Program has expanded to include 42 schools in 14 counties. In total, the program serves more than 1,000 students.

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High schoolers learn the risks of distracted driving

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Bob Green, director of SurvivetheDrive, an “upbeat but deadly serious, social approach to ‘automotive violence’ prevention,” according to the organization, visited Webutuck High School, Thursday, May 15, for a presentation on safe driving.
Green walked students through the dangers of drinking and driving, texting and driving and other careless driving habits, sharing personal experiences and tragic tales of accidents that could have been easily prevented.

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Students rally for guidance counselor

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At the North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, May 12, Guidance Counselor Kristen Gil’s resignation — which she said she was “really upset about having to have put in” — was the topic of discussion during public comment.
Gil’s resignation was approved by unanimous vote at the BOE’s April 22 meeting, excluding John Perotti, who was absent.
Webutuck High School seniors Andrew Coon and Prachi Patel spoke first.
Coon is the student council president and class salutatorian; Patel is valedictorian.

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PTA hosts BOE candidate forum

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The Webutuck PTA held a meet the candidates night at the the high school library, Thursday, May 8.
The candidates are incumbents Judy Moran and Kristen Panzer.
A third open seat was left vacant after the resignation of Robert Trotta earlier this year. The district is encouraging any interested individuals to run a write-in campaign for the third opening.
PTA president and event moderator Ella Stevens posed the question: “What made you decide to run again?”
Panzer admitted that she initially had doubts on whether she would rerun.

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Principal’s suspension discussed at PTA forum

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The Webutuck PTA’s meet the candidates night on Thursday, May 8, addressed more than just those running for office. The subject of tenured Webutuck High School Principal Kenneth Sauer and the case filed by the district against him was also raised, as was his subsequent suspension — which will take place during the summertime.

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Webutuck Honor rolls

WEBUTUCK — The following students were listed on the Webutuck High School honor rolls for the third marking period:
High honor roll
Ninth grade
David Andrighetti, Conor Brady, Julia Butts, Mariana Cedillo, Elizabeth Cullinan, Fernanda Fox, Abbygail Hoke, Kaylie Johnson, Ethan Lounsbury, Caroline Markonic, Liam Sinclair, James Wheeler.
10th grade

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Webutuck principal to be suspended for 30 days

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The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) accepted a New York State Education Law Section 3020-a Hearing Officer’s Opinion and Decision by unanimous vote at its meeting on Tuesday, April 22.
Under the relevant item on the meeting’s agenda, it is stated that “on June 27, 2013, the [BOE] of [Webutuck], located in Amenia, N.Y., determined that probable cause existed to prefer disciplinary charges against Kenneth Sauer, a tenured administrator, pursuant to Education Law Section 3020-a.”
Sauer is the principal of Webutuck High School.

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Webutuck school board adopts proposed budget

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Webutuck — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget by unanimous vote at its meeting on Monday, April 7.
Superintendent James Gratto noted updates and changes to the budget since his last presentation on March 24.
Chief among these is an increase of New York state aid — an additional $133,796.
With the increased revenue, the district can maintain the special education position previously considered for reduction, Gratto said after the meeting.

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Math and Science Night educates and entertains

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Webutuck — The Webutuck PTA held its annual Math and Science Night at the middle and high school building on Thursday, April 10. The event was organized by Webutuck parent Kristen Lazarus.
“The whole goal is to show students and their families how math and science are a part of everyday life,” Lazarus said.
Lazarus said the PTA invited local businesses to set up tables and displays to emphasize that point.

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Webutuck bus drivers to the rescue

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Firefighters, police officers, EMTs — these are the roles many associate with the word “hero.” But what about bus drivers? A curious designation, perhaps, but not in Amenia.
Residents are probably familiar with the Webutuck bus drivers’ Fill the Bus program around the holidays, where the transportation department brings a small bus to the Freshtown Plaza for food and toy donations for families in need.
The drivers get to know the children and families through their jobs, Amenia town Supervisor Victoria Perotti said.

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