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WEBUTUCK — Sparking a love for storytelling, children’s author Karen Kaufman Orloff was invited by the Webutuck PTA to stop by Webutuck Elementary School on Friday, Nov. 15. 

While visiting with the younger students, Orloff talked about how stories start in her imagination and are developed into books. With the older students, Orloff held a joint writing exercise where students learned how to create conflict in a story and also how to introduce compromise or change.

With books like, “I Wanna Iguana,” “If Mom Had Three Arms,” “...

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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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Arts in Education program ends on a jazzy note

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WEBUTUCK — Webutuck’s year-long Arts in Education assembly series ended on Friday, May 6, with an educational jazz performance.
Organized in a joint effort by art instructor Samuel FitzGerald, physical education instructor Doug Winslow and choral instructor Lee Stowe, the program, which was revived this year, is “infusing culture into the curriculum to build a school that’s deep in the arts,” according to FitzGerald.

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Webutuck BOE approves time change for the intermediate school

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WEBUTUCK — At the May 9 meeting, the Board of Education (BOE) of the North East Central School District (commonly known as Webutuck) unanimously approved the change in arrival and dismissal time for the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS).
The time schedule change was part of a larger proposal that also included a new program to be implemented in the district. That portion of the proposal was not approved.
As it stands now, fourth- through sixth-graders arrive at the middle school by 8:30 a.m. and leave at 3:15 p.m. Students who stay after school take the 5 p.m. bus home.

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Sauer’s return receives praise

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WEBUTUCK — Rehiring former Webutuck High School principal Ken Sauer was perhaps the most controversial move the North East Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) made this year.
Following a flurry of criticism from teachers, parents and students shortly before the 2010-11 school year started, the board voted 6-1 to rehire a principal who, even by the accounts of board members who voted in favor of rehiring him, had issues regarding an aggressive management style toward staff and students.

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Webutuck school budget adopted

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Central School District’s 2011-12 budget, adopted by the district’s Board of Education April 18 for voter approval in May, represents just one of a number of small budget-to-budget increases passed by the board in recent years.
During the past three years, Webutuck’s budget increased by 3.2 percent in 2009-10, decreased by 3.41 percent in 2010-11 and is proposed to increase 2.26 percent in 2011-12, if the budget passes.

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All-around workout for running group

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WEBUTUCK — Exercise for the body and exercise for the mind: Webutuck’s chapter of The Marathon Project has a little bit for everybody.
The Marathon Project is an exercise initiative sponsored and facilitated through the Dutchess County Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE).
Webutuck has participated for four years. Adults are paired up with students ages 12 to 18 to work toward becoming healthier, which includes not only physical exercise but learning to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle.

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Teachers’ union OKs concessions

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WEBUTUCK — The North East Central School District Board of Education and the Webutuck Teachers Association (WTA) union reached a last-minute agreement before the Monday, April 11 meeting. The union agreed to salary concessions for the 2011-12 school year on the condition that no union teaching positions be eliminated. The deal exempted positions that would not be filled after a retirement.

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More concerns over potential teacher and class cuts

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WEBUTUCK — The Board of Education and administration at the North East Central School District (commonly known as Webutuck) faced another round of criticism regarding the potential cuts to teachers and programming that have caught the public’s and staff’s ire for two weeks running.

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School helps with Japan Relief Week

WEBUTUCK — During the week of Monday, March 21, to Friday, to March 25, the students and faculty at Webutuck Elementary School (WES) held a spirit week to raise funds for victims of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. Each day a different event took place (Hat Day, Slipper Day, Stuffed Animal Day, Backwards Day and Red and White Day).
Students and faculty donated $1 for each day that they chose to participate. Many donated much more. As a thank-you, David Friedman, a WES teacher whose wife is from Japan, donated a handmade paper crane to each person who participated.

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BOE looks for union concessions

Webutuck grilled over possible staff cuts
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WEBUTUCK — A group of teachers and staff in the North East Central School District (commonly known as Webutuck) joined parents and students in protesting the district’s tentative staff reduction proposals, which were discussed privately with the affected personnel late last month.
About a dozen staff were notified by district Superintendent Steven Schoonmaker during private meetings on March 24. They were told that their positions or particular classes they taught were on a short list of potential reductions the district could make to meet budget goals for the 2011-12 school year.

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