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WEBUTUCK — As part of its ongoing mission to ensure student safety through all the changes and challenges to come, the Webutuck Central School District has launched a new communications tool, Anonymous Alerts, which will provide students an outlet to anonymously report their concerns.

The idea of introducing the app into the district started when Matthew Pascale, the assistant principal at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School and Webutuck High School, learned about Anonymous Alerts through a school safety brochure that he receives each month. After conducting research and...

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PTA hosts BOE candidate forum

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The Webutuck PTA held a meet the candidates night at the the high school library, Thursday, May 8.
The candidates are incumbents Judy Moran and Kristen Panzer.
A third open seat was left vacant after the resignation of Robert Trotta earlier this year. The district is encouraging any interested individuals to run a write-in campaign for the third opening.
PTA president and event moderator Ella Stevens posed the question: “What made you decide to run again?”
Panzer admitted that she initially had doubts on whether she would rerun.

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Principal’s suspension discussed at PTA forum

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The Webutuck PTA’s meet the candidates night on Thursday, May 8, addressed more than just those running for office. The subject of tenured Webutuck High School Principal Kenneth Sauer and the case filed by the district against him was also raised, as was his subsequent suspension — which will take place during the summertime.

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Webutuck Honor rolls

WEBUTUCK — The following students were listed on the Webutuck High School honor rolls for the third marking period:
High honor roll
Ninth grade
David Andrighetti, Conor Brady, Julia Butts, Mariana Cedillo, Elizabeth Cullinan, Fernanda Fox, Abbygail Hoke, Kaylie Johnson, Ethan Lounsbury, Caroline Markonic, Liam Sinclair, James Wheeler.
10th grade

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Webutuck principal to be suspended for 30 days

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The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) accepted a New York State Education Law Section 3020-a Hearing Officer’s Opinion and Decision by unanimous vote at its meeting on Tuesday, April 22.
Under the relevant item on the meeting’s agenda, it is stated that “on June 27, 2013, the [BOE] of [Webutuck], located in Amenia, N.Y., determined that probable cause existed to prefer disciplinary charges against Kenneth Sauer, a tenured administrator, pursuant to Education Law Section 3020-a.”
Sauer is the principal of Webutuck High School.

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Webutuck school board adopts proposed budget

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Webutuck — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget by unanimous vote at its meeting on Monday, April 7.
Superintendent James Gratto noted updates and changes to the budget since his last presentation on March 24.
Chief among these is an increase of New York state aid — an additional $133,796.
With the increased revenue, the district can maintain the special education position previously considered for reduction, Gratto said after the meeting.

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Math and Science Night educates and entertains

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Webutuck — The Webutuck PTA held its annual Math and Science Night at the middle and high school building on Thursday, April 10. The event was organized by Webutuck parent Kristen Lazarus.
“The whole goal is to show students and their families how math and science are a part of everyday life,” Lazarus said.
Lazarus said the PTA invited local businesses to set up tables and displays to emphasize that point.

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Webutuck bus drivers to the rescue

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Firefighters, police officers, EMTs — these are the roles many associate with the word “hero.” But what about bus drivers? A curious designation, perhaps, but not in Amenia.
Residents are probably familiar with the Webutuck bus drivers’ Fill the Bus program around the holidays, where the transportation department brings a small bus to the Freshtown Plaza for food and toy donations for families in need.
The drivers get to know the children and families through their jobs, Amenia town Supervisor Victoria Perotti said.

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DDS Pathogen Project

The seventh grade at Dutchess Day School recently gave a scholarly presentation to an audience of students and staff about common infectious diseases. The culmination of a month of work, the Pathogen Project looks at how various pathogens affect the human immune system.

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Empty Bowls serves for a good cause

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North East Community Center’s (NECC) After-School Connection carried out its eighth annual Empty Bowls program throughout the last full week of March.
The project, consisting of students from the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS), started with local artist Diane Shapira’s Pottery Club.
Finished products from that club were then donated to the Empty Bowls crew — supervised by Webutuck technology teacher John Roccanova — and brought to teachers’ lounge rooms on Monday for purchase.
Additional bowls are donated by Shapira and Paul Chaleff, a potter from Ancram.

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Webutuck receives first round of QUEST funds

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Last fall, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) and the North East (Webutuck) Central School District announced a grant program exclusive to the district called QUEST, or the Webutuck QUEST for Excellence Fund.
BTCF announced the first round of grants earlier this month, focusing on “language and literacy development in the youngest of grades,” President Jennifer Dowley said.

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