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WEBUTUCK —  Students and faculty members of the North East (Webutuck) Central School District will see a familiar face walking down the halls this coming school year, when Ken Sauer returns as principal of Webutuck High School (WHS).

Before he was involved with the administrative side of the education system, Sauer was employed as a teacher in the Finger Lakes region of New York for 15 years. From 2004 to 2007, he took on the role of principal for WHS before accepting a principal’s job in western New York. 

After the district asked him to come back,...

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Schools support Grace Smith House for victims of domestic violence

WEBUTUCK  — This past year, the Webutuck Teachers’ Association (WTA) formed a Social Justice Committee, which strives to encourage awareness and actions that will lead to a more just world. 

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Webutuck BOE seeks public input on capital improvement plans

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WEBUTUCK — The $8.5 million capital improvement plan put forward by the North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) failed at the polls last December, only 181 in favor, 236 opposed.
Yet, according to Superintendent of Schools Ray Castellani, the work still needs to get done.
That’s why the superintendent and the school board are hoping members of the community will attend the BOE’s next meeting, set for Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., in the high school library.

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Eugene Brooks welcomes in 2017

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WEBUTUCK — Friday, Dec. 23, was a big day for most of the 260-plus students of the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School. The evening before, staff and faculty decorated one of the gymnasiums with a holiday theme, setting up tables, hanging garland, preparing food. Holiday-themed pictures done by elementary school students were part of the decorations, adorning the walls of the gym. There were servers and cleaners dressed as elves; some people wore brightly-colored Christmas sweaters and some sported antlers and Santa caps. 

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Jolly singing

Seats in the Webutuck High School auditorium filled for the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School’s annual winter concert on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Chorus Director Eric Wiener, center, introduced the fourth- and fifth-grade chorus, which sang classics such as “My Favorite Things” and “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

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Webutuck capital improvements project voted down at the polls

WEBUTUCK — In late October, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District Facilities Committee presented an $8.5 million capital improvements project to the Board of Education. Taxpayers took to the polls on Wednesday, Dec. 14, to decide the fate of that proposal. A total of 417 voters turned out to cast their ballots, with 236 people voting against the project and stopping it from progressing, at least temporarily. A total of 181 voters were for the project.

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Taxpayers to vote on Webutuck capital improvements project

WEBUTUCK— The North East (Webutuck) Central School District has set Wednesday, Dec. 14, as the date for residents to vote on the school district’s proposed capital improvements project.
The project will cost the district $8.5 million.
Project priorities include repairs to the septic system, the replacement of boilers at the high school and improving the visitor security system in the elementary, intermediate and high school.

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The benefits of after-school clubs

WEBUTUCK — Last year, Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) decided to launch a series of after-school clubs for its fourth- through sixth-graders. The programs have continued to grow.
According to EBIS Principal Erik Lynch, the idea to start these clubs came about from the desire to give children an opportunity to engage in recreational opportunities at school.

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Students shine

Three fifth-grade students from Eugene Brooks Intermediate School were recognized as students of the month at the North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov. 28. From left, Olivia Farnham and Savannah Hurn. Not pictured, Derek DeCarlo. “These students exemplify what it means to be a ‘Warrior of the Month,’” said math teacher Shawn Sullivan, who presented the awards.

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Sharing thanks with family and community

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WEBUTUCK — Thanksgiving is synonymous with family time, community time. To celebrate these aspects of the holiday, Webutuck Elementary School (WES) hosted its annual Grandparents Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 17.
“This is probably the best- attended event at our school throughout the year,” said Webutuck Elementary School Principal Ken Sauer. “It is a fantastic community event that brings the community together — parents, grandparents, family, friends and, of course, our students.”

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Webutuck capital improvement forum

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District is considering undertaking an $8.5 million capital improvements project next year. The need for this project has been discussed at various BOE meetings since October.

The Webutuck Board of Education held a forum on Monday, Nov. 14, so residents could learn more about the project and get answers to their questions. 

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