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Students choose Central Valley

The votes are counted: we are Central Valley Central School District

Current Ilion and Mohawk Central School students in grades 4-11 voted on Wednesday, Apr. 24 to name the newly merged school district “Central Valley.”

A School Identity Transition Advisory Team had met over the last few weeks brainstorming possible names. That team comprised of students, parents and school staff narrowed their ideas down to three on which students voted: Central Valley Academy, Mohawk Valley Academy and Ilion-Mohawk Central School.

District officials submitted the winning name, Central Valley Academy, to the New York State Department of Education for approval on Thursday morning.

SED representatives responded saying only school districts with a single building could use the word “academy” as part of their official district name. The state officials said they would approve the name Central Valley Central School District.

However, the high school could be called Central Valley Academy, which could also be the common name of the district.

“It is important that we adopt a district name as quickly as possible,” said Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra.

“That name will be the foundation of our identity. We need a name before we can move forward with our website and email addresses, our newsletters and stationary, our signs, etc.”

Next step: mascot and colors

The transition team meets again on Monday, Apr. 29 to continue conversations about school colors and mascots.

The team has worked with Hal Hefner, a former Mohawk resident and now a graphic artist in Los Angeles, to explore various color schemes and mascots. The group will weigh the various options and then submit them to the student body in grades 4-11 for a vote.

“Adults are present, but their role is to make certain the choices are tasteful and practical. The ultimate decisions rest with the students,” said Mr. Tangorra.