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PINE PLAINS — With school already a couple of weeks in session, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has been researching methods for improving students’ academic success by changing the start times for the school day.

After its research, the BOE has determined that by having younger students come into school at an earlier time and older students arrive at a later time, they’ll be more on task with their school activities, resulting in a dramatic improvement in their academic performance. 

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May events at the Roeliff Jansen Library

COPAKE — Imagine. Think. Connect. That’s the motto of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, and during the month of May, there are plenty of opportunities to do all of that and more.
Join the new Classic Mysteries Book Club; select great titles at the sale of books from the library of presidential biographer Herb Parmet; catch the documentary film, “Moms,” followed by a question-and-answer period with producer Peter Odabashian; bring the kids to Wii night; meet award-winning author/illustrator Emily McCully; or get hands-on instruction in a radio broadcasting workshop (ages 8 to 12).

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Town Board meeting covers plethora of issues

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board meeting of Thursday, April 21, was relatively brief and without much controversy. That was all well and good, according to town Supervisor Gregg Pulver.
“It was a very quiet night,” he said. “It’s very nice to go through the motions once in a while.”
A visit from
the assemblyman

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Easter egg hunt 2011

PINE PLAINS — The Seymour Smith Elementary School’s PTA sponsored this year’s Easter egg hunt for local children on Saturday, April 16. As in the past, dozens of excited children showed up to meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs filled with candy. The hunt was done within a few moments, as the children grabbed the plastic eggs as quickly as they could, leaving no trace of the day’s event shortly after the 10 a.m. start time.

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Bedazzled by the bunny

Time stood still for 2-year-old Jennifer Barrone in Pine Plains on Saturday, April 16, at the Easter egg hunt held at Seymour Smith Elementary School, which was sponsored by the PTA. Jennifer was surely in awe of all of the brightly-colored candy-filled eggs that littered the grounds, but even more so of the larger-than-life Easter Bunny that headed her way as the hunt began. The dozens of children at the event had the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and be photographed with the holiday star as well.

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School budget adopted with no cuts to administration

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PINE PLAINS — After a lengthy discussion regarding the need for both a middle school and high school principal, as well as a dean of students, the Pine Plains Central School District’s Board of Education voted to keep its current administrative layout and unanimously adopted a 2011-12 budget for voter approval next month.

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BOE trustee proposes major staff cuts

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) trustees were caught off-guard by a proposal late into the 2011-12 budget process from Trustee Todd Bowen, who asked the board to consider eliminating one of two Stissing Mountain Middle/High School principals and the building’s dean of students.

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Current budget outlines 4 percent increase

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PINE PLAINS — Despite some ongoing discussion over possible last-minute reductions, the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) is currently looking at passing a budget with about a $1 million increase from the year before and an estimated tax levy percent increase of about 4.5 percent.

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Local authors series kicks off at Stissing House

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PINE PLAINS — Stissing House restaurant, in Pine Plains, has resumed a literary series this season with a number of discussions featuring local authors.
Restaurant owner Patricia Jean explained that a few similar events had been held in the past and it was a great opportunity to take advantage of the wealth of authors with homes in the area.
“The trick is finding a topic that will appeal to a broad base,” she said, adding that the talks, for now, will focus more on nonfiction works.

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schools help students through transitions

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PINE PLAINS — As part of a wider effort to keep the Board of Education (BOE) up to date on the progress of district goals, administrators gave a presentation on the efforts in place to assist students during their major educational transitions in the Pine Plains Central School District.

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Local authors series to kick off at Stissing House

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PINE PLAINS — Stissing House, the local Pine Plains restaurant, will host a literary series this season with a number of discussions featuring local authors.
Restaurant owner Patricia Jean explained that a few similar events had been held in years past and it was a great opportunity to take advantage of the wealth of authors with homes in the area.
“The trick is finding a topic that will appeal to a broad base,” she said, adding that the talks, for now, will focus more on nonfiction works.

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