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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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Pine Plains

Singing the tunes of ‘Brigadoon’

Some of the female Brigadoon leads: from left, Claire Zeyher, Emily Thompson and Olivia Stewart.

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Holstein Club takes honors at state competition

The Eastern New York (ENY) Junior Holstein Club recently attended the New York State Holstein Convention in Utica. Nineteen members of the club attended, many competing in various competitions. Below is a list of those who were awarded for their efforts:
Gina Brooks: Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) finalist.
Laura Davenport: Elected Recording Secretary to Junior Executive Committee.
Kristen Davenport: First place in Extemporaneous Speech Contest, senior division; scholarship winner.
Ethan Arsenault: Third place in Extemporaneous Speech contest, intermediate division.

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Board begins deliberations on education budget

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PINE PLAINS — Department head preliminary budget presentations concluded at the March 2 Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education meeting, wrapping up most preliminary budget discussions and marking the point at which the board will begin to take a hard look at the district administration’s draft budget.

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Magical ‘Brigadoon’ headed to Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — Briga-what? Those well-versed in Broadway plays might be familiar with the Stissing Theatre Guild’s upcoming production, but everyone else might be seeing “Brigadoon” for the first time when it is performed March 11 through 13.
“Brigadoon” is the story of a magical Scottish village that only appears for one day every 100 years, and what happens when two American tourists get caught up in the mysterious time warp.

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First draft of school budget nearing 4 percent increase

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PINE PLAINS — Every year school districts across New York have had the challenge of budgeting for the upcoming school year, all the while estimating a large part of their revenues and expenses, while waiting for state budget figures from Albany.
This year is certainly no better, and may be worse for the Pine Plains Central School District, which is entering the budget process without official word about state aid, a proposed tax levy cap bill or mandate relief. It’s also beginning the month of March without any collective bargaining agreements in place.

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Residents surveyed on affordable housing needs

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PINE PLAINS — A brief and concise survey of the town’s need for affordable housing was presented to the Town Board at its monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 17. Copies of the survey, which was created by the recently formed Affordable Housing Task Force, have since been mailed to town residents for their input.

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Accident closes car wash

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PINE PLAINS — An auto accident on Feb. 23 at the Village Car Wash in Pine Plains has left the automatic car wash station there out of order for at least a few weeks, reported employee George Keeler.
Keeler said no one was hurt during the accident and that while the automatic car wash was being repaired, the self-serve will remain open.

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For now, schools proposing zero percent spending

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PINE PLAINS — Public budget presentations continued for the Pine Plains Central School District, as individual schools within the district presented preliminary budgets for the 2011-12 school year with across the board zero percent spending increases.
At the Feb. 16 Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck gave non-personnel budget presentations for each of the four schools in the district: Stissing Mountain High School, Stissing Mountain Middle School, Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center and Cold Spring Early Learning Center.

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Agenda 2.0?

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PINE PLAINS — Will the Board of Education meetings of the future be conducted with paperless agendas?
BoardDocs, a company based out of Atlanta, is betting on it. At the Feb. 16 Board of Education meeting, a representative from the company (participating in a webinar, or Web seminar, from Georgia no less) presented its BoardDocs service, which is reinventing the meeting agenda document as a multi-layered digital file that the company says will reduce reliance on paper and make the government process more efficient.

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Pine Plains re-ups with Cablevision

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board decided to continue its long-standing relationship with Cablevision last week, voting unanimously to renew its 10-year cable franchise agreement with the company.
Cablevision’s Roger Connor was on hand at the Thursday, Feb. 17, meeting when the decision was made. Before the board agreed to do so, a few details were ironed out. Attorney to the Town Warren Replansky was present at the meeting; he had spoken with Connor about some of those details beforehand and advised the board as the discussion progressed.

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