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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 mock trial team takes on Lourdes in county finals

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PINE PLAINS — The Stissing Mountain High School mock trial team recently concluded its season in court with a loss against Our Lady of Lourdes High School in the county finals.

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Pine Plains Memorial Hall seeks development director

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PINE PLAINS — After spending a great deal of time focusing on future programming, Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) recently announced its decision to hire a development director to assist the project’s transition from a capital project into operations and programming.

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Public shares mail-order medication concerns with Pine Plains BOE

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PINE PLAINS — On Wednesday, April 18, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) listened to public concerns about the change in the school district’s insurance that will require its insured to purchase their maintenance medications through the mail–order pharmacy Xpress Scripts.
“Before we begin the public comment, I know a number of you are here specifically for the maintenance prescriptions,” Pine Plains Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler said at the meeting.

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Bus driver Kim Russell commended for actions during bus collision

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PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) expressed gratitude recently to Kim Russell, a bus driver for the Pine Plains Central School District, for her response to a school bus collision on Route 199.
Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler kicked off a meeting in February by recognizing Russell’s exemplary work. 

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Library lecture examines Roosevelt family’s role in segregated America

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PINE PLAINS— A pair of local residents learned of the Roosevelt family’s stance on racial discrimination and segregation at a lecture at the Community Center above the Pine Plains Free Library on Monday, March 12. Despite the small turnout, the information was interesting and informative.
Jeff Urbin, an education specialist from the FDR Presidential Library, referred to the topic as a “mixed record.”  Urbin tried to provide some context.

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Pine Plains BOE questioned on district’s handling of bullying case

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PINE PLAINS — In the midst of today’s social climate, school districts and families across Dutchess County are more vigilant about school violence and bullying. Yet there has been a small handful of cases that have parents concerned. At the start of its meeting on Wednesday, April 4, the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) listened attentively as parents shared their concerns about bullying and how the district is handling it.

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BOE reviews 2018-19 school budget draft

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) used part of its meeting on Wednesday, April 4, to review the current draft of the proposed 2018-19 budget.
Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck introduced the budget presentation. He said the budget isn’t final at this point and won’t be adopted by the BOE until the following meeting on Wednesday, April 18. While the budget is subject to change until that time, he said he didn’t anticipate any major revisions.

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Clegg, Rhodes present campaigns for Congress

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Democratic Committee recently invited congressional candidates David Clegg and Gareth Rhodes to talk about their campaigns at the Pine Plains Free Library.
The meeting was held in the Community Room as each candidate was given the opportunity to discuss his platform.

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TP Auto signs on as U-Haul neighborhood dealer

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PINE PLAINS — Signing on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer last fall, automotive repair shop TP Auto in Pine Plains now offers U-Haul equipment and supplies as part of its inventory in addition to its current services.

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