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District welcomes new leaders

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CVA Principal Richard Keeler

Central Valley School District will be filled with new administrative faces when school begins this fall. At its meeting on Monday, Aug. 11 the board of education approved changes at Central Valley Academy and Jarvis Middle School.

Richard Keeler is now CVA Principal. Superintendent Rich Hughes recommended Mr. Keeler to replace former principal Renee Rudd following her unexpected decision to retire.

“We were surprised by Ms. Rudd’s announcement that she would retire and not return in September. She built a strong and cohesive high school community. She successfully led our students, families, faculty and staff through the difficult transition from two schools to proudly become the Thunder,” said Dr. Hughes.

“Thankfully she also did an excellent job preparing Mr. Keeler to succeed her as principal.”

The board of education appointed Jeremy Kozak to replace Mr. Keeler as the assistant principal. Mr. Kozak previously worked in special education at Mt. Markham and Herkimer BOCES.

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CVA Assistant Principal Jeremy Kozak

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Jarvis Middle School Assistant Principal Aaron Carey


Joining Jarvis Middle School staff will be Aaron Carey who replaces Gina Ciaccia as middle school assistant principal. Mrs. Ciaccia left Central Valley to become the Director of Abraham House, a non-profit organization meeting the needs of the terminally ill. Mr. Carey was the former athletic director at Camden CSD, the junior/senior high school principal at Remsen CSD, and the physical education/health teacher and athletic director at Town of Webb UFSD.

“These are highly qualified professionals who will continue to move Central Valley forward, ensuring our Thunder are prepared for career and college. We look forward to great things from them and ask our Thunder family to reach out and welcome them in the coming weeks,” said Dr. Hughes.

Learn more about the hiring process in Dr. Hughes’ Aug. 14 blog post.