Greetings Everyone,

    I hope your end of the summer activities are going well.  I am sure you know that the start of school is just around the corner with all faculty and staff returning on September 5th and all students returning on September 6th.

    There are a lot of activities happening so I thought I would give you  a quick update so you can fully participate.


    Meet the Superintendent and Board Members

    In the recent district survey that was conducted, it was clear that all constituent groups are looking for improved communication from the district.  In an effort to respond to this, we have scheduled a cook out that is open to all people interested in the success of the NPCSD.  At this cookout you will have the opportunity to chat with the Superintendent, board members, and other district leaders.  It will be a nice opportunity to express your thoughts and ask questions.  We hope you will be able to attend, even if it is just to say hello.  The event will take place outside of the cafeteria on the north side of the building.


    New School Board Member

    At our board meeting on August 16th, the school board appointed Mr. Jason Clark to fill the school board seat recently vacated by Ms. Bianca Tanis.  Mr. Clark will fill the seat at least until the next school board election next May.  Mr. Clark ran for the board in May 2023 when he was the third highest vote getter in a race for two vacant seats.  Mr. Clark will now join new board members Ms. Liz Bonhag and Ms. Heather Kort, along with veteran board members President Johanna Herget, Vice President Heather O’Donnell, Mr. Matthew Willliams and Mr. Glen LaPolt on the seven member board.  I would like to welcome Mr. Clark to the board and to thank him and the other board members for their service to the district.


    NP High School Recognized as a High Achieving School by US News and World Report

    Each year the US News and World Report examines and ranks nearly 25,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Today, the newest list was released and New Paltz High School was designated as a high achieving school.  In particular, we ranked #1,298 out of nearly 25,000 schools with an overall score of 92.66/100.  If you would like to learn more about the data for the NPCSD high school that was used to derive this high ranking, please click on this link:

    New Paltz Senior High School

    Congratulations to all of the students, parents, faculty, and staff who made this accomplishment possible.  Great work!


    Upcoming Sporting Events

    The fall sports season has started.  You can see the schedule of contests by clicking on this link:

    Sporting Events

    We encourage you to come out and support our teams.



    Yesterday, emails went out to all parents regarding bus routes for the upcoming school year.  We are pleased that we have automated the process a bit more this year by using a bus routing system called Transfinder.  We hope the process is working well for you.  If you have any questions, please contact the transportation department.


    Upcoming Events

    Orientation events are coming up at all four of our school buildings.  To find out what is happening at your child’s school, please visit our district webpage at

    New Paltz Central School District

    Or find us on facebook or instagram.


    New Paltz Central School District Foundation

    I would like to give a shout out to the New Paltz Central School District Foundation.  The foundation is a local philanthropic group that raises money to finance selected programs in our district.  Over the years the foundation has contributed to the success of our students in many ways.  

    As you can imagine, raising money is not always easy.  The Foundation has a major fundraising event coming up.  Here are the details:

    Thank you for reading this update.  If you have any questions please let me know.  You can drop me an email or simply stop by the high school tomorrow night between 5 pm and 6:30 pm and we can discuss your thoughts in person.


    Best Wishes,

    Stephen Gratto - Superintendent

    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.