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Central Valley earns safety award


Central Valley Athletics and Facilities Director James Humphrey and Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Brady Boyd check the inventory of environmentally safe cleaning products used at Central Valley as part of the district’s health and safety initiative.

Central Valley School District is one of 131 school districts and BOCES in New York to receive the Utica National Insurance Group’s 2015 School Safety Excellence Award.

Each year, the company recognizes school districts for their efforts as they work to help keep students, staff and visitors safe. Central Valley Athletics and Facilities Director James Humphrey accepted the award and a $500 prize on behalf of the district at Utica National’s 35th annual school safety seminar at the Double Tree Inn, Syracuse, NY.

Although the company insures more than 300 school districts, less than half qualify for the award. The award applauds school districts that go ‘above and beyond’ to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning. It also helps districts focus on a safety program that helps pinpoint potential safety threats before  something happens.

“Analyzing buildings for the safety of students, staff and visitors is an ongoing process. The work of Jim Humphrey, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Brady Boyd, our principals and the rest of our staff is exemplified in the receipt of the School Safety Excellence Award,” said Superintendent of Schools Richard Hughes.

“This kind of thing doesn’t happen accidentally. It is the hard work and effort put forth by our staff to constantly evaluate and improve what we are doing to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment.”