6:30 PM Board of Education Meeting
The Valley Central School District Board of Education considered its next steps in the budget process during its May 21 regular meeting, after the initial spending plan was rejected by voters on May 15. Assistant Superintendent Lisa Raymond presented the board with its three options per state law: submit the same budget for a revote, modify the existing budget, or adopt a contingent budget, which would result in $2.4 million worth of cuts.
In the weeks leading up to the event, students asked their families and friends to sponsor their walk with a donation and learned about the importance of being healthy in both mind and body.
Learners are growing at East Coldenham Elementary School. Second-grade students at the school recently broke ground in the school’s new “learning garden,” as part of the Garden-Based Learning (GBL) initiative.
Prior to the regularly scheduled Board meeting on Monday, June 4, 2018, the public is cordially invited to a reception honoring retirees of the past year, staff who have been employed by the district for 25 years, and this year’s tenure recipients. The reception will take place at Berea Elementary School at 6 p.m. The board meeting will reconvene following the reception at the administration building.
Students in Ms. Herman's kindergarten class are known throughout the district for their persuasive writing. This time, their message is headed to Yankee stadium.
There will be a special meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of a presentation and possible adoption of the 2018-2019 school budget. The meeting will take place at Berea Elementary School. Action may be taken at this special meeting.
For the first time ever, Valley Central Middle School has been recognized with the SupportMusic 2018 Merit Award, a part of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) foundation. VCMS was one of 135 schools nationwide to receive this distinction.
Parents of fifth-grade students who attend any district Valley Central elementary school are invited to attend a free seminar on cyber bullying and sexting on May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Montgomery Elementary School
On the morning of May 7, Valley Central High School students and staff lined the hallways of the school’s English wing to watch English teacher Zelig Kurland learn that he is one of the recipients of the 2018 Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award.
Walden Elementary School received a $1,000 check from Hannaford Supermarket through the Hannaford Helps Schools program. Matt Connolly, store manager from the Walden Hannaford store presented the check to the school in late April.
The proposed 2018-19 budget would preserve all existing programs and positions, enhance curriculum and support services for students, improve the technological literacy of the Valley Central community and provide additional professional development opportunities for staff.
On April 11, 2018, 21 Valley Central High School celebrated its senior athletes who have signed letters of intent, or who have committed to continue their athletic career through playing college-level sports during the school’s NCAA Signing Day. Administrators, parents and coaches joined the athletes in the high school gym for a celebration and photo shoot featuring the graduating athletes.
Valley Central students throughout the district were honored by the Valley Central PTA Council during the Founder's Night celebration on March 6.
On Tuesday, April 3, the town of Montgomery fire department extinguished a fire within a dryer located in the pool area of Valley Central High School at approximately 5:55 p.m. During the drying cycle, a towel had become stuck in the industrial-sized machine and had caught on fire. Staff smelled smoke and contacted the fire department, who responded in minutes. The fire was completely contained within the drum of the dryer and there were no injuries and other than the dryer itself, there were no damages to any Valley Central property.
To Our Valley Central Community –
Exciting News…With the help of your electronic votes, Montgomery Elementary School has WON the $25,000 Grant Competition! Thanks to the teamwork of our community, we placed #1 out of 77 schools with 21,977 votes.
On a date to be determined in May, the Project Fit Team, sponsored by Dannon/ShopRite, will be visiting Montgomery Elementary School for our Golden Shovel Ground Breaking Ceremony.
We thank each and every one of you; as this could not have happened without your support. We are soooo excited to be able to share the indoor/outdoor fitness equipment with our students and community.
All transportation inquiries should be directed to Helen Herbert at East End Bus Company.
Her direct number is 244-8660 x1801.
13 Reasons Why - What Parents Need to Know
Valley Central School District wants parents to be aware of the popular Netflix original series, 13 Reasons Why. We urge parents to research the series to fully understand what your child may be exposed to. Please read the letter from the Superintendent and also review the important talking points about the miniseries.
On January 30th 2017, the Valley Central Board of Education approved the Smart Schools Investment Plan. Smart Schools funding as proposed in the SSIP will allow Valley Central to invest in network infrastructure upgrades as well as improved video and door security technologies. Read more about the SSIP here.
A statement from Lisa Raymond, Assistant Superintendent of Business re: tax rebates:
The Valley Central School did stay under the tax cap and did submit a government efficiency plan that was approved. Taxpayers should expect to receive a rebate from the NYS Division of Budget.