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WEBUTUCK— While  listening to the public’s concerns, the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) reflected how the safety of the district’s current drop off and pick up location for students could be improved at the meeting on Monday, Sept. 24.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the first person to speak under the public comments section was local mother Eva Yuranich, who told the BOE that she was very thankful for all the changes taking place in the district this year. In light of how effective the new initiatives have been so far, she said it seemed that the district was...

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Fun the focus of Field Day at WES

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By Kayla gangloff
kaylag@millertonnews.com
webutuck — Students at Webutuck Elementary School (WES) were in for a treat on Thursday, June 6, as the annual Field Day took over the track at Webutuck High School.
Each class donned T-shirts in their own special colors as they prepared for the first Field Day to include both morning and afternoon events.
“The morning was our traditional events that the kids really love, but this year they had a treat in the afternoon with more group-based activities,” said Webutuck Physical Education Teacher Kathleen Howard.

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Webutuck hosts eighth annual Eastern Dutchess College Fair

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More than 100 college representatives filled the gymnasium at Webutuck High School on Thursday, May 2, for the eighth annual Eastern Dutchess College Fair.
Students from grades seven through 12 attended the event to speak to representatives from community colleges, four-year schools and the Armed Forces.
“This year we’ve had a great turnout. Our guidance department worked really hard to make this a full and well-organized day,” said high school Principal Ken Sauer.

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Webutuck BOE moves forward on projects

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During a meeting on Monday, April 1, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education listened to two presentations regarding major projects slated for the district.
Seeking sewer solutions
Webutuck has been working with Jeff Budrow of Weston & Sampson Environmental Infrastructure Consultants to diagnose issues with standing water on the baseball field from the middle and high school building’s septic system. Budrow re-capped his prior findings noting that the soils used on the site are not absorbing liquid at a high enough rate.

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Webutuck school board approves final 2013-14 budget

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The North East (Webutuck) Board of Education unanimously voted to accept the final draft of the 2013-14 budget on Monday, April 15.
The public will vote on the $20,493,269 budget on Tuesday, May 21. The overall tax levy increase will be 1.70 percent.
With the new tax levy legislation, if the public does not accept this budget the district will revert to the same budget from 2012-13 as opposed to being able to put a contingency budget up for vote.

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Webutuck budget reflects changes to German program

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The North East (Webutuck) Board of Education held a special meeting on Monday, April 8, in response to the public outcry at its April 1 meeting.
The meeting was again held in the auditorium, this time to accommodate the approximately 50 people who showed up.
During the previous meeting Superintendent James Gratto made a recommendation to consolidate the German courses due to low enrollment.
The district, under this proposal, would offer a combined German 2 and German 3 class and a combined German 4 and German 5 class.

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Public speaks out against Webutuck budget cuts

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Approximately 80 people attended the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, April 1, many of whom spoke up against proposed cuts to the 2013-14 budget. The board moved its first public comment session to after the budget presentation.

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Webutuck BOE addresses budget rumors and cuts

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The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, April 1, was moved to the high school auditorium to accommodate the approximately 80 people who attended. At the meeting, the board outlined a proposed 2013-14 budget of $20,587,269, which includes a 1.47 percent tax levy increase.
Superintendent James Gratto updated the proposed budget at a meeting in the high school auditorium on Monday, April 8. Click here for an article on the updated proposed budget.

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Rocking laser light show a hit at Math & Science Night

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It was a night of education, learning, lasers and fun at the annual Webutuck Math & Science Night on Thursday, March 21.

The hallways of the Webutuck middle/high school building were lined with the Scholastic Book Fair and tables from local community organizations and school groups offering a variety of interactive entertainment.

“We were asked to participate, and at our meeting everyone thought it was a good idea. We do fire prevention 365 days a year, but it’s always good to emphasize it here in the school,” said Keith Roger, assistant fire chief of the Millerton Fire Company.

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Empty Bowls fight hunger

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Teachers and staff got a treat at Webutuck High School as the seventh annual Empty Bowls fundraiser came around again.
From Monday, March 18, through Friday, March 22, students in the North East Community Center after-school program were busy throughout the week preparing soup to fill handmade bowls which teachers could buy during lunch. The proceeds will go to benefit Doctors Without Borders.
“This year we’re making lentil soup and potato soup from the Moosewood Cookbook,” said student Kasey O’Brien.

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Webutuck settles on CSEA contracts

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The North East (Webutuck) Central School District has settled on six-year contracts with the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA).
The employees have been without contracts for approximately two-and-a-half years prior to this agreement, according to Webutuck’s CSEA President Barbara Riley.
“Finally we sat at a table and said ‘what do we have to do to get this done?’” she said.
The six-year contract will work retroactively, giving employees a zero percent raise for 2010-11 (year one) and a cash payout for 2011-12 (year two).

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