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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  • Extensive Research and Debate Formed our Decision-Making Process: A Message from the BOE
    When the New Paltz Board of Education began work on a long-term Facilities Master Plan, we came to the table with many different ideas -- an not a few pre-conceived notions -- about what that should look like, and how different areas should be prioritized.  We disagreed about a number of things, but in the most important, big-picture areas, we found that we weren't so far apart after all. Click here to continue reading.
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  • Board Makes Decision to Hold Another Capital Project Vote on January 27 

    After listening to public comment and discussing community feedback received during the past two weeks, the Board of Education voted 7-0 to hold a new vote on the $52.9 million Capital Project on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Board members also voted unanimously to change the voting hours to 6 AM to 9 PM.  Click here for more information

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  • Absentee Ballot Applications Available for Bond Proposition Scheduled for Vote on January 27, 2015
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  • New Paltz Central School District Declares Opposition to Sewage Treatment Plant at High School Athletic Fields

    The Superintendent and members of the Board of Education are concerned about potential health and safety risks posed by the treatment of raw sewage in close proximity to areas where children play sports. Further, there was deep concern over the lack of transparent, responsible and ethical deliberations by the Town in the siting of this sewage treatment plant. 

    To this end, the Board of Education passed a resolution declaring its strong opposition to the proposed plant for reasons of health, safety and welfare of students and staff and called upon the Town to discontinue its current plans and permit the Board and school community to study the impact and alternative locations. Click here for the press release

    Click here to visit a webpage with more information including the Board of Education Resolution, the sewage treatment plant proposal, and a clip from the December 3, 2014 BOE meeting discussing this issue.
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  • District Protocols Regarding the Enterovirus and Ebola
    The New Paltz Central School District has worked diligently to get guidance from several sources on what the best protocols and procedures are for our school in regard to the Enterovirus and Ebola viruses.  Until an official guidance document is out we have been advised by Dr. Carol Smith, Commissioner of the Ulster County Department of Health to follow the district's contagious disease protocol (adapted from the CDC guidelines for both viruses.  Click here to learn more about these protocols. 
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  • Emails to the District
    If you send an email to someone in the District and do not receive a response, please call the party to whom you addressed the email. 
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  • New Paltz Central School District Board of Education Resolution to Support Public Education
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  • New Paltz Central School District Board of Education Resolution on Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) Agreements
    New Paltz Central School District Board of Education Position Statement Regarding Housing and Dormitory PILOTs
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  • School Tax Bills 
    Tax Bills will be mailed out the week of September 2, 2014.
    Collection period:
    September 2, 2014 through October 1, 2014 with no penalty.
    October 2, 2014 through October 31, 2014 with a 2% penalty. 
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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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