About Us

Advocacy at Valley Central School District


Valley Central was established on July 1, 1958 as the Town of Montgomery Central School District as Montgomery, Maybrook and Walden School Districts were merged into one by community vote.  It was renamed Valley Central in 1959, the name chosen by the junior and senior high students, who also decided we would be the Vikings.  The district’s official seal was conceived by the VCHS Student Government Association in 1964.   Learn more about our history here.

Valley Central is a school district of almost 4200 students and approximately 800 full and part-time staff situated mainly in the Town of Montgomery, New York with its three villages of Maybrook, Montgomery and Walden. Students also come from the adjacent areas of the towns of Newburgh, Crawford, Wallkill, Hamptonburgh, and New Windsor. Four elementary schools, an alternative learning center, one middle school, and one high school make up the district. 

A seven-member Board of Education provides governance with meetings scheduled approximately twice per month. Over the last decade, voters have approved the majority of proposed budgets and supported bond votes. Although considered a medium-to-large district in the four-county region, Valley Central manages to maintain among the lowest tax rates and per-pupil expenditures in the Mid-Hudson.

Our outstanding teaching, administrative, and support staff are provided ongoing professional development. Valley Central routinely outperforms similar schools and districts in state assessments of student achievement. The district is a cornerstone of our community and has strong support for its students. 

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Valley Central School community is to develop responsible and productive members of society in a safe and innovative environment, where students are motivated to think critically, communicate effectively, and achieve excellence in active partnership with the community and knowledgeable and dedicated staff.

Four Overarching Goals

The four overarching goals of Valley Central are: 

  • To increase student achievement
  • To attract and retain a knowledgeable and dedicated staff
  • To serve as the cornerstone of the community
  • To maintain and improve facilities in order to support the previous goals listed.

Our Commitments

Equal Opportunity Statement

The Valley Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, marital status, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or other legally protected status in access to programs and/or employment provided by the district.

Complaints may be filed with the Office for Civil Rights, New York Office, U.S. Department of Education, 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500, phone (646) 428-3800, fax (646) 428-3843, email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

Title IX Compliance

The Valley Central School District offers employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or other protected categories under state or federal law, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding this nondiscrimination policy may be directed to the following individuals. These officials will provide information, including complaint procedures to any citizen, student or employee who feels that his or her rights may have been violated by the District or its officials. 

Review the latest Title IX Information here.

Title IX Coordinator

Marianne Serratore
944 Route 17K
Montgomery, NY 12549
(845) 457-2400 ext. 18142

Find information about the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) here.

Section 504

Students not identified under IDEA may be considered to be disabled under Section 504, if they meet the definition of a “qualified handicapped person”, which is a person who has or has had a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits major life activity, or is regarded as handicapped by others. Learn more about Section 504 here. 

Section 504/ADA Officers

If a parent of a student, student, or employee feels that he or she is the victim of harassment based upon their disability, they should contact the District Office.

John Xanthis, Superintendent
(845)457-2400 ext. 18510

Inquiries regarding discrimination on the basis listed above may also be made to:

The United States Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005
(646) 428-3800

Website Accessibility Statement

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If you are unable to access any pages on our site, please contact us at patricia.behr@vcsdny.org