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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...

Webutuck

French class dives right in, planning for trip abroad

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WEBUTUCK — Fifteen-year-old Patrick Hannon loves his French III class at Webutuck High School, where he is a sophomore. For starters, he enjoys the lessons; he also really likes his teacher, Madame Cheryl Benken. But what Patrick is most excited about is an upcoming class trip to the French-speaking island of Guadeloupe, for which he has spent many months preparing.
“I’ve always wanted to go explore the world and be in the Caribbean, because of the beautiful water and it’s so amazing down there and so peaceful,” he said.

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Former Webutuck super to be paid through October

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WEBUTUCK — The separation agreement signed by former Webutuck Superintendent of Schools Steven Schoonmaker and the district preserves Schoonmaker’s pay and benefits through the end of October.
According to the agreement, which The Millerton News obtained through a Freedom of Information Law request, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District placed Schoonmaker on administrative leave beginning Friday, July 1, and ending Monday, Oct. 31, during which time he will continue to be paid. He stopped working at his post at the end of June.

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Superintendent steps down from Webutuck schools

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Central School District announced two administrative staffing updates during the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, June 27.
Superintendent Steven Schoonmaker has resigned and will be replaced with an interim superintendent. High school principal Ken Sauer has been granted tenure.
Schoonmaker has since moved from his previous place of residence and was unavailable for comment.
Schoonmaker began his position at Webutuck in July 2010. He was the sixth superintendent (including three interim superintendents) to work in the district in the last decade.

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Regents results and summer review classes announced

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Central School District has released the results from its June 2011 New York State Regents Exams.
The results were discussed during the Board of Education meeting held on Monday, June 27.
Ken Sauer, Webutuck High School principal, noted that the results often tell more about the test than about the teachers who taught the class. That might be the case with the earth science exam, which Sauer said many have called unusually difficult this year.

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Webutuck seniors graduate into adulthood

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WEBUTUCK — The school district took its chances that Mother Nature would hold back the rain on Saturday, June 25, and held the 57th annual commencement ceremony for Webutuck High School on its front lawn. It was a wise decision in the final analysis as it remained dry through to the end.

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Flags wave at Webutuck

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WEBUTUCK — Throughout the school year, students in grades four to six participated in a Reading Around the World program that encouraged reading and created excitement around what the teachers claim to be one of the least popular school subjects. The program concluded Wednesday, June 15, with a flag ceremony held in partnership with the World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic.

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Webutuck choral group gets top rating at state music festival

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WEBUTUCK — After working hard throughout the school year, the Webutuck High School chorus performed in front of two judges at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Majors Festival and received a gold rating, the highest rating available.
This was the choral group’s third consecutive year competing at NYSSMA.
After receiving a bronze rating during last year’s festival, the group, led by Choral Director Lee Stowe, practiced and drilled diligently, paying close attention to the remarks they received on their previous year’s performance.

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Teaching methods at Webutuck set to change

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WEBUTUCK — The staff at the Eugene Brooks (Webutuck) Intermediate School is working tirelessly to plan for a curriculum change that will be implemented beginning in the 2011-12 school year.
The school wants to strengthen the “vertical alignment” of the academic instruction for the fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
The vertical alignment, or the planning and coordination across grade levels, is done in two areas: the curricula and the teaching methods.

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Propane buses proposed at Webutuck

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WEBUTUCK — Now that voters have approved the North East (Webutuck) Central School District’s request to purchase two additional 65-passenger school buses, talks have begun regarding whether to purchase propane-fueled buses or the more traditional diesel-fueled buses.
“Propane is the way of the future,” said Jerry Heiser, Webutuck’s bus garage supervisor. “The biggest benefit of switching to propane is the cleaner emissions. The second biggest benefit would be the lower long-run maintenance expenses.”

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2011-12 Webutuck school district budgets approved

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WEBUTUCK — Area residents voted to pass all propositions and a $20 million-plus budget with the North East Central School District (Webutuck) vote on Tuesday, May 17.
The vote does the following:
• Passes the 2011-12 school budget.
• Gives the Board of Education (BOE) permission to purchase two 65-passenger school buses.
• Allows the BOE to donate the Millerton Elementary School (MES) building to a public entity for public use.
• Establishes a Bus Purchase Reserve Fund.

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