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By November 23, 2016

Campus CMG moves in anticipation of capital project start

Staff, students, and visitors to Central Valley school buildings may see a couple of unfamiliar faces walking around—Scott Bulriss and Joe Nolan of Campus CMG. The two are responsible for overseeing the district’s voter-approved capital project. Their office at Central Valley Academy is in the former middle school office suite. The two are busy getting everything settled in […]

By November 17, 2016

Decline in NY tax collection clouds Central Valley’s fiscal future

New York’s tax revenues are declining. That leaves Central Valley district officials wondering about future funding. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently announced the state’s tax receipts are down $1.3 billion compared to the last year. That is unsettling news, because 83 percent of Central Valley’s funding comes from state aid. “Just 17 percent […]

By November 17, 2016

First stage of CV Smart Bond technology plan moves forward

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Central Valley Board of Education approved the first phase of the district’s Smart School Investment Plan (SSIP1). The proposal would spend $1 million for technology upgrades to Jarvis Middle School. All work is funded entirely through New York’s Smart Schools Bond Act—at no additional cost to the […]

By November 9, 2016

Bridge Arts bring music to Fisher and Barringer Road

On Thursday, Nov. 3, six members of the Bridge Arts Ensemble shared their talents and love of the music with students at Harry M. Fisher and Barringer Road elementary Schools. Stage singer J.D. Webster, mezzo soprano Sishel Claverie, percussionist Kyle Ritenauer, clarinetist Eric Umble, flautist Izzy Gleicher, and pianist Grace Han introduced students to various […]

By November 9, 2016

Community invited to celebrate and learn about R4K

The Central Valley School District community is invited to join a celebration marking the launch of United Way’s education initiative, Ready for Kindergarten (R4K) 10-11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Harry M. Fisher Elementary School. R4K is a partnership between the United Way and Central Valley, Dolgeville Central, and Remsen Central School Districts. The program encourages families, schools, and […]

By October 18, 2016

Rumble of Thunder – Lead testing to keep our Thunder safe

October 18, 2016 On Sept. 6, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that requires public schools in New York to test all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes for lead levels. The new law makes New York the first state in the nation to require all of its […]

By October 18, 2016

Answers to BOE questions

The Central Valley Board of Education routinely receives questions regarding school programs and policies. Following are some of those questions and corresponding answers gathered from: Michele Pilla, Principal of Harry M. Fisher Elementary School (PK-1) Jeremy Rich, Principal of Barringer Road Elementary School (2-4) Melissa Hoskey, Principal of Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School (5-8) Richard […]

By October 6, 2016

Comprehensive District Counseling Program

New York State Part 100 Regulations – School Counseling Programs As per the New York State Education Department, listed in Part 100 of the Commissioner’s Regulations, school counseling/guidance programs are defined as follows: I.  Public Schools:  Each school district shall have a guidance program for all students. II.  In grades k-6, the program shall be […]

By September 28, 2016

Van Slyke settles in as new Director of Curriculum & Instruction

On Sept. 1, Debora Van Slyke became Central Valley School District’s Director of Curriculum & Instruction. A Mohawk Valley native, she worked in private industry and public education before joining Central Valley. Hospital to classroom to administration Mrs. Van Slyke grew up in Rome where she graduated from Rome Free Academy. In 1978, she earned her […]

By September 8, 2016

Bus times better but still room for improvement

At the 4:25 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, Central Valley Transportation Director Chad Francisco reported the last school school bus was back in the garage. All students had been safely transported to their homes. This was 30 minutes faster than bus runs on opening day. “On average, elementary school students arrived home 20 minutes earlier on […]