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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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Announcements

  • Kyle Brewer

    New Paltz Central School District Community Mourns Loss of Student
    On Friday, March 13, during afterschool track practice, Kyle Brewer, a sophomore at New Paltz High School, collapsed and was unresponsive.
     
    Staff and students present responded immediately by calling 911, administering CPR, and using the school's automated external defibrillator (AED). The New Paltz Rescue Squad responded quickly and Kyle was transported to Vassar Hospital in Poughkeepsie.  It was later determined he had a heart attack.  He was then transferred to Westchester Medical Center. Unfortunately, at approximately 11:30 PM Sunday evening, Kyle suffered another heart attack and passed away.  Click here to continue reading.
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  • Results of the Bond Proposition Vote
    YES:1918     NO:1513
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  • Refinancing Opportunity Saves Nearly $1 Million in Current Interest and Can Reduce Cost of Proposed Capital Project.
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  • Absentee Ballot Applications Available for May 19, 2015 Annual Meeting/Budget Vote/Elections
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  • New Paltz Central School District Board of Education Resolutions:
    Resolution Against Wasting Food and Taxpayer Money
     
    Resolution Supporting Local Taxing Authorities' Review and Approval of Industrial Development Agency Programs
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  • Fiscal Stress Designation was Expected Since School Budget Remains Focused on Student Opportunities - A message from the BOE

    Recent news headlines identified the New Paltz Central School District as a school in "moderate financial stress." This designation is something that might be confusing or raise concern with our community.  The following information might help build understanding of what this designation means. Click here to continue reading. 

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  • New Paltz Community Called to Action
    Your voices are needed in Albany. Please take a moment to review details of these two very important causes: Calling upon the governor to release state aid runs and ending the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). Our children have the right to a sound, basic education as written in our New York State Constitution, and communities deserve financial support of their schools to help offset the expense of countless unfunded New York State Education mandates. Action by our elected State leaders is needed to protect these rights. Please join these efforts by clicking here.
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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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  • New Paltz Board of Education Asks Stakeholders to Oppose Mandatory Field Tests
    On January 7, 2015, a resolution was passed 7-0 by the Board of Education regarding its opposition to mandatory field testing of students in New York State. Parents and community residents are invited to do the same.  Click here to read the resolution and for more information on how you can help make a difference.
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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 www.flu.gov) 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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  • Cold Weather Procedures for Outdoor Activities
    When harsh winter weather hits the region, the faculty and staff of the New Paltz Central School District make sure students are protected from the outdoor elements. District staff members follow strict guidelines to ensure students’ safety during participation in outdoor activities, such as sports, physical education, clubs, and recess. Guidelines include:

    • Outdoor activities are suspended when temperatures or wind-chill is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The on-line Accuweather Forecasting System (found at www.accuweather.com) is used to gauge local outside temperatures.
    • Students not properly dressed for outdoor activity will remain inside.
    • Students who feel cold or get wet are sent indoors.
    • Any students reporting pain or numbness are sent immediately to the nurse.
    • Outdoor activities may be suspended, regardless of temperature, if there is danger from high winds or snow and ice conditions.

    Exceptions may be made for those activities that are specific to cold weather, such as downhill or cross-country skiing. As long as students are properly dressed, such outdoor sports may still be held, with frequent warming breaks and adequate hydration made available. In addition, students will be educated annually about the dangers of temperature extremes and instructed in how to prepare themselves to engage in activities under such conditions.  If parents have any concerns or questions about outdoor activities, they are invited to contact the principal of their child’s school.
     
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