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WEBUTUCK— Along with reviewing the upcoming public forum for the Capital Improvement Project, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) examined its preliminary budget for the 2017–18 school year during its meeting on Monday, March 6.

Before going over the superintendent’s report, the board opened the floor to Webutuck High School (WHS) senior Kaylie Johnson as the meeting’s student representative.

On the subject of the school’s production of “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Superintendent of Schools Ray...

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Don’t miss ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ at WHS

WEBUTUCK — Irving Berlin’s musical “Annie Get Your Gun” is loosely based on the story of Annie Oakley’s life.  After a hard childhood, she won fame for her ability as a sharpshooter. After a celebrated contest with Frank Butler (commemorated by Berlin in “Anything You Can Do”), Oakley joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and became his highest paid performer.  

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Webutuck elementary students go underground for PARP

WEBUTUCKS — Webutuck Elementary School (WES) held its 10th annual Theme Day to kick off the Parents As Reading Partners (PARP) program on Friday, March 6.
This year’s theme revolved around anything “underground” — gold mining, tunnels, burrowing animals, root vegetables and so on.

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Mathers selected as master teacher

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WEBUTUCK — Webutuck math teacher Christine Mathers was among 237 teachers added to the New York State Master Teacher Program in January.
The Master Teacher Program is a “state-wide network of the highest-performing [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — STEM] teachers that are dedicated to sharing expertise with peers and attracting the brightest minds to a career in STEM,” according to the www.suny.edu.
The State University of New York system hosts STEM program on regional campuses around the state.

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Webutuck to showcase scientific minds at student fair

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WEBUTUCK — Webutuck will host its first Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Fair on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Students of all ages in the district will showcase independent projects in the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School cafeteria.
More than 70 students are participating in the fair, with 51 projects total, according to science teacher Patrick McKeever.
McKeever said he’s organized the fair “to excite the students about science” in the district.
“My self-professed goal is to bring out the inner science nerd in everybody,” he added.

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Webutuck school board takes care of regular business

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
The board approved minutes from its Jan. 5 meeting and accepted treasurer financial reports.
The BOE accepted the resignation of support staff employee Brenna Lape, effective Jan. 30. Lape was an athletic trainer and health office aide.
Shirley Ball was appointed as a substitute school monitor, effective on a back date of Jan. 6.

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Eugene Brooks Intermediate School hosts breakfast

WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District’s Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) has a special tradition the day before the winter break. For more than 25 years the school has hosted a breakfast that includes faculty, staff and students in grades fourth to eighth. Beautifully set tables, student-generated snowflakes, poems and decorations could be seen throughout the gym, which was transformed into a winter wonderland.

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BOE approves increase in BOCES staff hours

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met Monday, Jan. 5, for a regular business meeting.
District clerk’s report
The board approved the district clerk’s minutes from meetings on Dec. 3, Dec. 8, Dec. 9, Dec. 15 and Dec. 19.
Personnel
An increase in Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) was approved for two positions. Cynthia Hawthorne’s shared business official position was increased from .6 to .8 full-time equivalent (FTE), and Kenneth Marsh’s technology support staff position was increased from .4 to .6 FTE.

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New Webutuck interim superintendent named

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The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) appointed Ray Castellani as interim superintendent of schools by unanimous vote at a special meeting on Friday, Dec. 19.
The appointment is effective Jan. 12 through June 30.
Former Superintendent James Gratto’s resignation was unanimously accepted by the board on Dec. 8 and went into effect on Jan. 2.

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Gratto resigns, board prices MES

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) unanimously accepted the resignation of Superintendent James Gratto, effective Jan. 2, 2015, at its regular meeting, Monday, Dec. 8.
The motion was made by BOE member Kristen Panzer and seconded by Christopher Mayville.
Gratto announced the resignation during his report before the vote was held.
“I just wanted to make sure I acknowledged the BOE and the community for their support and the good work you’ve done for the past three and a half years,” he said.

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Webutuck to sell MES building

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Webutuck — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) unanimously approved a motion to sell the Millerton Elementary School (MES) building at its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 17.
The motion was made by Chris Mayville and seconded by BOE Vice President Judy Moran. Erin Bailey was absent and Kristin Panzer recused herself.

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