Mission Statement

The New Paltz Central School District exists for the children of the community. The focus of its programs and activities is the commitment to measured excellence and continuous growth and development for all.

Our Guiding Principles
  • Focus on learning and success for all
  • Create a cohesive and inclusive culture K-12,
    across buildings and departments
  • Empower and create success for disengaged
    and disenfranchised students

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  • New Paltz High School Among America's Most Challenging High Schools
    The Washington Post’s education columnist, Jay Mathews, has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country and the D.C. region for 16 years. There are more than 1,900 schools on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014 list.  New Paltz High School is ranked 73rd in the Northeast region making this the eighth consecutive year that the high school has received this recognition.
    The New Paltz High School’s philosophy toward its students and most challenging courses is simple, these courses are open to all students.   Many schools have entrance criteria in to high level courses, and if a student doesn’t do well while enrolled, he/she may be withdrawn from the course and directed to a less challenging level program instead. Even with this stiff competition, the NewPaltz High School maintains one of the district’s most important guiding principles, a focus on learning and success for all.

    Congratulations to Barbara Clinton, a principal whose leadership inspires students and staff to excellence, and to an instructional staff who believes all students can achieve at high levels given the appropriate supports and high quality instruction (with an emphasis on the high quality instruction they provide on a daily basis). And of course, accolades to our students who take up the challenge with great success! 

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  • Cancellation of Facilities Tours at the High School and Middle School
    The planned facilities tours of the New Paltz High School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 and the New Paltz Middle School on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM have been cancelled.  Press Release 
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  • Richard Wiesenthal Named NYS Middle School Principal of the Year
    The School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) have selected our New Paltz Middle School Principal, Dr. Richard Wiesenthal, as a 2014 New York State Middle School Principal of the Year. This award is given annually to a member of SAANYS and NAESP who has set the pace, character, and quality of education for children in his or her school. Nominees are administrators who are committed to students, parents, and the community and have shown exceptional contributions to the educational process.
    You are cordially invited to attend the May 7th Board of Education meeting where the New Paltz Board of Education will formally recognize Dr. Wiesenthal for receiving this prestigious award. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the New Paltz High School’s Audion.
    Dr. Wiesenthal will also be honored for his accomplishments at an awards ceremony on May 9 at the Century House in Latham, NY. As the SANNYS and NAESP Middle school Principal of the Year, he will be celebrated as a National Distinguished Principal by NAESP at a recognition program this fall in Washington, D.C.
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  • Facilities Planning Update 
    The Board of Education is working on a plan to address improvements at all four schools.  On February 26, 2014, the Board adopted a Master Facilities Plan that will serve as a guide to determine the final scope of work it wishes to accomplish.  The Board is in the process of prioritizing the identified work and determining the final cost that will need to be presented to the community for voter approval.  A date for the public referendum has not yet been established, but will NOT occur in May during the regular school budget vote.  Please check back for updates.
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  • Important Announcement for all parents/guardians of students entering 6th grade in the 2014-2015 School Year
    All Students entering 6th grade are required to have a booster T-dap and a 2nd Varicella immunization.  Please click here to see the full informational letter. 
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  • BOE Approves Veterans' Tax Exemption
    To view the resolution, click here.
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  • Lenape Elementary Changes Spring Concert Location
    The Lenape Elementary School Spring Concert for the community will take place on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  The location has been changed to the High School Auditorium.  Press Release
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  • Guidelines Used to Close or Delay School
    The guidelines and procedures presented in this notice will be followed except in very
    unique circumstances which would cause school officials to take alternate action. You are
    asked to familiarize yourself with these procedures:
    1. SURFACES: Road conditions, school driveways, and parking lots need to be declared
    safe for use by the responsible governmental units.
    2. ICE: Surfaces must be sanded. It is expected that buses will not end the routes with the
    sanded surface covered by new icing.
    3. TEMPERATURE: When the temperature is below -15 degrees Fahrenheit at
    5:15 AM, a delay will occur. At 7:15 AM the final decision to open or close schools for
    the day will be made. This decision will be based on the temperature at that time and
    the forecast for the day provided by the professional weather service contractor.
    4. WIND CHILL: When the wind chill factor is predicted to be below -25 degrees
    Fahrenheit at 5:15 AM, a delay will occur. At 7:15 AM the final decision to open or close
    schools for the day will be made. This decision will be based on the temperature at that
    time and the forecast for the day provided by the professional weather service contractor.
    5. AFTER SCHOOL STARTS: When a storm arrives after school starts, the schools
    will remain open unless a heavy snowfall is predicted to continue into the afternoon
    hours. If this is the case, then the schools may close earlier. The Transportation Office
    will notify the radio stations of early dismissal times. Lunches will be served prior to
    dismissal whenever possible.
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  • Change in Date of Superintendent's Conference Day
    The Superintendent's Conference Day which was originally scheduled for May 7, 2014 has been changed to May 8, 2014.  Students will not be required to report to school on that day.  Click here for the press release. 
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  • Understanding the Difference Between Preventive Maintenance and Repair and a “Capital Project”
    Click here to learn more and visit our Facilities Planning Webpage for additional information.
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  • Sign-up for Text Notifications of Delays/Closings
    If you would like to receive a text message whenever NPCSD alerts our local radio stations of delays or closings, you can sign-up here.  This service is provided free of charge by WHUD.  Normal text message charges apply. 
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  • Superintendent's Coffees
    Maria C. Rice, Superintendent of Schools, invites school district residents to attend a series of "Superintendent's Coffees" throughout the upcoming school year.  Superintendent Rice's objective is to offer an informal forum in which parents can share ideas and information, ask questions, and get acquainted. Click here for meeting dates/times and more information.
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  • School tax bill information is available online
    You can now view your current school tax bill, payments, and other information at
    School taxes are due September 30, 2013 without penalty. 
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  • District Office Move to Lenape
    The district's administrative offices have moved to the Lenape Elementary School on Eugene Brown Drive. Please go to this location for any administrative, business, personnel, registration, or pupil personnel services.
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  • New Paltz Central School District Board of Education Resolution on Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) Agreements
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