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WEBUTUCK— Torrential rain gave way to bright, sunny skies on Saturday, June 24, just in time for Webutuck High School’s 63rd commencement ceremony. The graduation was held for the second year behind the high school, amid a landscape of rolling hills and the district’s attractive track and field.

A total of 53 seniors received their diplomas this year, led by class valedictorian Kaylie Johnson and salutatorian James Wheeler, who also sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”

The graduates all shared similar thoughts on graduation day: relief, excitement...

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Social Justice Committee empowers district community

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) welcomed the district’s Social Justice Committee to deliver a presentation during the meeting on Monday, May 22. 

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BOE honors students for their achievements: Webutuck Mock Trial Team wins county championship

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WEBUTUCK — At the start of their meeting on Monday, May 8, the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) recognized the accomplishments of Webutuck students who participated in this year’s Mock Trial and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Fair, as well as those who made the Principal’s Honor Roll for the third marking period.

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Webutuck cheers Boston

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Webutuck BOE summarizes 2017-18 budget at public hearing, before vote

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) held its public hearing for the 2017-18 budget vote on Monday, May 8.

President Kristen Panzer and Superintendent Ray Castellani gave an overview of the budget development process. The anbudget vote was May 16, after this paper’s press deadline.

Webutuck BOE: Benefits of Local Action Project detailed

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WEBUTUCK — To open the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Tuesday, April 25, the Webutuck Teachers’ Association (WTA) gave a presentation about the Local Action Project (LAP) program.
The WTA was proud to learn this March that out of all the statewide submissions, it had been accepted as one of five applications in New York.

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‘Melody of the Spring’ shares Chinese traditions

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WEBUTUCK— The gymnasium at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) was infused with the rich melodies of the Chinese culture last Friday, April 21, as students in grades four through six took part in the Mandarin assembly, “Melody of the Spring.”
By 12:45 p.m., students and teachers entered single file through the doors of the gym where they received a program. As the performers tuned their instruments, a few lovely strains of traditional Chinese music could be heard amid the students’ eager chatter.

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Webutuck Board of Ed adopts budget proposal

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WEBUTUCK — After the anticipation leading up to last month’s capital improvement project revote, the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) adopted a budget proposal for the 2017–18 school year.
Superintendent of Schools Ray Castellani organized the evening’s budget presentation on Monday, April 3. He thanked the community for approving Propositions 1 and 2 during the capital project vote on Wednesday, March 29. 

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Students fight hunger with Empty Bowls

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WEBUTUCK— Something delicious was cooking at the North East (Webutuck) Central School District, as students from the North East Community Center’s (NECC) after-school program prepared soup for the 11th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Wednesday, March 29.

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Webutuck capital improvements: Two out of four propositions pass

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WEBUTUCK— An underlying feeling of tension was present at Webutuck High School (WHS) as voters of the North East (Webutuck) Central School District weighed in on the capital improvement project revote, on Wednesday, March 29.
Voters approved Proposition 1 with 276 votes and Proposition 2 with 278. Proposition 3 was rejected with only 281 votes, as was Proposition 4 with 292 votes.

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Webutuck teacher arrested for ‘forcibly touching’ students

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WEBUTUCK — Two students from the North East (Webutuck) Central School District have charged  that high school science teacher Craig Trachtenberg inappropriately touched them. Trachtenberg, 57, was arrested on Tuesday, March 28, at the New York State Police Dover Plains barracks. 
A resident of Hyde Park, Trachtenberg has taught at Webutuck High School for roughly 30 years. He was charged with two counts of forcible touching and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

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