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PINE PLAINS — Following a smooth start to the 2019-20 school year, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) set to work, appraising several projects, programs and actions to benefit the Pine Plains Central School District at its meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the meeting opened up for a presentation by Dutchess Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Superintendent Richard Hooley, who delivered an overview of the status of the BOCES capital project that Dutchess County voters approved last spring. Pine Plains BOE President Chip Couse reported on...

Pine Plains

Poetry reading

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The Pine Plains Free Library will host a poetry reading on Sunday, March 4, at 1 p.m., in honor of Women’s History Month. Poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay will be read by Peter Bergman of the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society. The event is free, and refreshments will be served. The library is located at 7775 S. Main St.

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Board of Education discusses staffing and cuts

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to further discuss gap-closing strategies for the budget as presented by Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer.
The meeting began with a preface by Kaumeyer that all information was absolutely preliminary.
“We are still in February and these numbers are in no way set in stone. These are our ideas for how to close the gap and to give the board an idea where we can cut back on the budget. Nothing tonight is decided. This is a workshop to begin looking into these numbers,” she said.

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Kaumeyer’s salary targeted at budget workshop

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PINE PLAINS — At the Pine Plains Board of Education budget workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 22, the only public comment revolved around the issue of Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer’s salary.

Former board member Karen Orton waited until the end of the presentation on potential gap-closing strategies to address the issue.

“Before I say this, I want to apologize for sounding like a broken record and apologize to Linda. I’m not talking about people, and I’m not talking about the job they do. I’m talking strictly dollars and cents,” she said.

Orton then discussed Kaumeyer’s salary.

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Education, community involvement and more

Celebrating National FFA Week
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PINE PLAINS — The FFA is the largest student organization in the United States, with more than 520,000 members nationwide. It has an active chapter in Pine Plains, where every year students participate in activities ranging from public speaking to an annual agricultural fair.

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Bank creates community board

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Pine Plains — The Bank of Millbrook, which in October 2010 acquired Stissing National Bank, is forming an advisory board made up of businesspeople from Pine Plains and Stanfordville.
“We felt it was important to hear from the business community about what we can do as a bank to promote business and to encourage business within the communities that the Stissing National Bank serve,” said George Whalen III, president.

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Seymour Smith ceremony in the works

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PINE PLAINS — During the Pine Plains Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15, Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer and Seymour Smith Principal Richard Azoff discussed plans for a rededication ceremony of the Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center on Thursday, March 15.
“Now that the capital project is complete we thought it would be really nice to have a ceremony and show what work was done,” said Kaumeyer.
The date was chosen to coincide with the with the Seymour Smith Expo.
“We think it is a nice coordination of activities for the community,” she said.

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Crossing the cultural divide, one block at a time

Children gathered around the Lego dragon they helped build at the Pine Plains Free Library to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The program encouraged local children to be creative while learning about other cultures.

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Patrons love their library

Donor Jill Swinton left a heart-felt message for the Pine Plains Free Library in support of its fundraising efforts. The library is accepting donations for its Libri Grant, which will match the funds two-to-one, up to $350. The library hopes to reach its goal and earn the full $1,050, which would go toward the purchase of new children’s books.

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Pine Plains school board begins budget talks

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has started its annual grapple with the budget.
Preliminary budget presentations dominated the meeting Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Each facility in the district presented overall budget assumptions, building budgets and other non-personel items.
Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer thanked everyone for their hard work.
“We’re trying to begin this process as early as possible and look at every piece individually. This can be lengthy, and I do appreciate all the time and effort,” she said.

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Murder mystery dinner brings in killer donations

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PINE PLAINS — The Friends of the Pine Plains Library held a Murder Mystery dinner fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 12, at Lia’s Mountain View restaurant.
Approximately 50 guests showed up for the Karaoke Killer contest in which one of the highly competitive contestants was “murdered.”
The night was filled with costumes, singing and, of course, mystery.
“It was a great success,” said Jean Osofsky, treasurer for the Friends group.
The night was intended to provide some fun while also raising money for a good purpose.

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