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WEBUTUCK — Forever trying to keep students safe, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District has asked both local and county officials to create a law holding motorists who pass stopped school buses accountable.

About four years ago, Webutuck installed cameras on its school buses to photograph the license plates of vehicles that passed stopped school buses. Before installing the cameras, Webutuck Superintendent of Schools Raymond Castellani said the district turned to local law enforcement with its concerns, only to be told they didn’t have “enough...

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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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DDS Pathogen Project

The seventh grade at Dutchess Day School recently gave a scholarly presentation to an audience of students and staff about common infectious diseases. The culmination of a month of work, the Pathogen Project looks at how various pathogens affect the human immune system.

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Empty Bowls serves for a good cause

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North East Community Center’s (NECC) After-School Connection carried out its eighth annual Empty Bowls program throughout the last full week of March.
The project, consisting of students from the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS), started with local artist Diane Shapira’s Pottery Club.
Finished products from that club were then donated to the Empty Bowls crew — supervised by Webutuck technology teacher John Roccanova — and brought to teachers’ lounge rooms on Monday for purchase.
Additional bowls are donated by Shapira and Paul Chaleff, a potter from Ancram.

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Webutuck receives first round of QUEST funds

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Last fall, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) and the North East (Webutuck) Central School District announced a grant program exclusive to the district called QUEST, or the Webutuck QUEST for Excellence Fund.
BTCF announced the first round of grants earlier this month, focusing on “language and literacy development in the youngest of grades,” President Jennifer Dowley said.

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WES Theme Day takes flight

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After Webutuck Elementary School (WES) students left for home last Thursday, teachers and staff worked through the night to transform the building for Theme Day, Friday, March 7.
According to Librarian Beth Murphy, Theme Day has been a tradition at the school for eight years. The event runs in conjunction with Parents as Reading Partners (PARP).

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Webutuck reviews the Common Core

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Webutuck — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District PTA organized and held a Common Core Learning Standards presentation for the school community, Monday, Feb. 10.
The presentation featured Superintendent James Gratto, Curriculum Coordinator Rosanna Hamm, district principals and teachers and New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-41).
A question-and-answer forum followed the presentation.

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AP bio gets a taste of college lab

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Webutuck High School’s advanced placement biology class visited SUNY New Paltz for its molecular genetics enrichment program, Monday, Jan. 13.
According to teacher Patrick McKeever, the field trip was a success.
Students enjoyed a full day working in one of the college’s labs completing various experiments and projects, McKeever said.

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