Board of Education

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The Valley Central School District Board of Education is the official policy-making body of the school district.  Board of Education decisions affect the education of our children and the well being of our community. 

The Valley Central District Goals adopted by the Board of Education 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.

Responsibilities of a Board Member

The Board of Education is a uniquely American institution. It keeps the country’s public schools flexible and responsive to the needs of their local communities. A member of a Board of Education in New York State takes on one of the most important responsibilities that can be assigned to any citizen: helping to plan the education of the community’s youth.

The main responsibility of the Board of Education is to establish policy for the management of the school district. The superintendent of schools, who is the chief executive officer of the district, is responsible for the administration of these policies.

Board of Education Meetings

School board meetings are held in public and conducted by the Board of Education under the legal authority of the State of New York. The meetings provide time for the board to carry out the tasks for which it is responsible. Typically, each meeting is composed of the following:


Copies of the agenda are available to the public at each meeting. The agenda outlines the order of business for each meeting. Agendas and supporting documentation are delivered to board members in advance of the meeting date to allow the board to study and review the information provided to them by the superintendent.


The public is invited to address the Board of Education during the public participation portion of the meeting. Community members who choose to speak are asked to state their name and address and, when appropriate, identify any organization they might be representing. The Board of Education President confines the remarks of each speaker to a four minutes in order to give everyone who wishes to address the board an opportunity to speak. This also ensures that the board has time to complete its business. Speakers are cautioned during this forum not to address issues that are personal in nature or that identify specific personnel. Such issues should be discussed privately with the superintendent, school staff, or school board members.


The Board of Education also meets in executive session. These sessions may precede or follow regular meetings. Executive sessions are closed to the public since they relate to personnel matters, labor negotiations, legal issues, and other topics defined as confidential under the Open Meeting Law of the State of New York. All official actions, however, must and do take place at public meetings.

In addition to its regular meetings, it is sometimes necessary for the board to hold executive sessions. Executive Sessions generally are for the discussion of sensitive subjects such as personnel matters and employee contract negotiations. 

Next Meeting of the Board of Education

The next regular Board Meeting will be held on January 19th, 2021, at 6:00 pm.  

Due to an abundance of caution with regard to the spread of COVID-19,
and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th  Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, this regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education of the Valley Central School District will be convened via teleconference. 
The public is cordially invited to listen to or observe the public business
being discussed by the Board of Education by accessing the District’s
YouTube Channel where we will provide a live audio stream of the meeting, which will be recorded and later transcribed.

While the Board of Education meetings remain closed to the public in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.1 temporarily suspending the requirements of the Open Meetings Law, we invite the public to submit a statement regarding any business that will be discussed or actions taken at this meeting. The link will be posted with the Agenda, and will accept responses until 12:00 PM on the day of the meeting

Statements and comments submitted will be read aloud during the Public Participation at the Board meeting. The Public Participation portion of the agenda will be limited to forty minutes.

Form for Public Participation- January 19, 2021

Link to  Livestreamed BOE Meeting- January 19, 2021


January 19, 2021 Special BOE Meeting 6:00 p.m.



  1. Adoption of Resolution: Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R  Public Participation at Board Meetings 
  2. Approval of High School Course Proposals/Course Revision:
    1. Social History of Rock and Roll
    2. Literature Through Film
    3. Mass Media and Journalism


    1. Approval of Resignation: 


    1. James Hall, Head Custodian, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective July 30, 2021
    2. Approval of Leave of Absence: 


            1. Michael Conklin, Secondary School Assistant Principal, Valley Central                      High School, effective February 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021 

    1. Approval of Appointments: 


    Michael Conklin, certified as a School Building Leader, appointed to a four-year probationary position as Secondary School Principal tenure area, commencing February 1, 2021 and ending February 1, 2025* 


    *To the extent applicable under Education Law Section 3012-d and the accompanying Commissioner’s Regulation, in order to be considered for tenure, teachers and principals appointed to a four-year probationary period must have received an APPR rating of effective or highly effective in three of the four probationary years and must not receive an ineffective in the fourth year. 


    1. High School Curriculum Writing Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Separate Listing 


    1. Rachel Musteen, certified in Speech and Language Disabilities, appointed to a leave replacement (regular substitute) position as a Speech Therapist, commencing November 2, 2021 and ending June 30, 2021 

    V. 2021-2022 BUDGET PRESENTATION: 

    1. Budget Snapshot (Projections & Unknowns)
    2. Bernard P. Donegan, Inc. 



    PDF of Agenda January 19, 2021

    PDF Supporting Docs January 19, 2021



    Minutes and Livestreams of past meetings can be found here.