Date Post 5/21/14 Did you know?
On May 21, 2014, the education and business communities joined to honor the valedictorians, salutatorians and honor graduates from each of the school districts in the Orange-Ulster BOCES Supervisory District. This event, coordinated by the OU BOCES Division of Instructional Support Services, highlighted the accomplishments and promising futures of these academically outstanding students from public and private high schools.
Pictured are Valley Central’s Honorees and their families, along with Principal Jayme Ginda-Baxter, Superintendent Dr. Richard Hooley and BOE President Elizabeth Blashka.
Cindy Connoly is the Salutatorian of the class of 2014 and will be attending Mount Saint Mary College this fall in Newburgh, NY. She plans to major in Nursing.
Cindy is currently a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society and the math team. She is currently the captain of the varsity softball team, which she has played on throughout her high school career. Cindy also played soccer for four years.
Cindy participates in the New Vision Medical Program, in which she has earned college credits and gained experience in the medical field. She is also a volunteer at Orange Regional Medical Center. Cindy has volunteered over 150 hours of her time at ORMC.
Michael Derevensky, Valedictorian of the class of 2014, will be attending SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering this fall in Albany, New York. He plans on majoring in either mechanical or materials engineering and then continuing on to pursue his medical degree.
Michael plays lead trumpet for the Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble at Valley Central and has performed an All-County, Area All-State and NYSBDA Honor Bands and yearly NYSSMA Solo Festivals. He runs the soundboard and assists in set construction for the musical production and is a member of the Math Team and Science Olympiad and the Math, Science, French and National Honor Societies.
During the summer, Michael volunteers at The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, Washington and volunteers at food pantry distributions and community dinners throughout the school year.
5/6/14Did you know?
Since 2000, 28 District employees have received Mid-Hudson School Study Council Awards for Excellence including Board members, administrators, teachers, and support staff. Nine teachers have also received the SUNY New Paltz Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
4/22/14Did you know?
Valley Central’s Tax Certiorari reserves are critically underfunded.
Tax Certiorari is the legal process by which tax assessments are reviewed in court. Claims are made against Valley Central for a reduction in both past and present school tax payments.
Education Law §3651.1-a is used to establish a reserve fund for tax certiorari payments so that the District does not have to satisfy these debts using the general fund.
4/4/14Did you know?Since 2010, Valley Central has used $6.6 Million of taxpayer reserves in an effort to maintain programs and minimize tax increases.Source: Valley Central Business Office 3/7/14Did you know?
Valley Central Middle School students put stickers on activities that help keep them drug free. They selected sports, art and music above all other activities.From display in Central Office Board Room
3/7/14 Did you know?
Since 2008, there has been a reduction of 98 (22%) teachers. Over that same period of time our enrollment has dropped 11%.Source: Human Resources and Pupil Personnel Services Office, Valley Central School District.
2/28/14Did you know?
The 2013/2014 State Aid Reduction (GEA) is estimated to be $4.2M. Had we received this amount due to us from the State, all of the cuts to programs this year could have been avoided.
Did you know?Each year, Valley Central Seniors graduate with over $100,000 in scholarships. In the last 5 years, the total of scholarships received by Valley Central Graduates exceeds half a million dollars.Source: Valley Central Guidance Department
Did you know?There has been a 16% rise in Valley Central’s school expenses since 2008, much of which is tied to State Mandated (but not State-funded)
programs, and State-controlled pensionplans.Source: http://www.openbooknewyork.com
Did you know?Since 2010, New York State has reduced funding to Valley Central by more than $24M due to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).
Watch this video to learn more about the GEA.
Source: https://eservices.nysed.gov/publicsams (BEDS 441301)