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About Us

On February 12, 2013, voters of the former Ilion and Mohawk central school districts overwhelmingly approved a plan to merge their schools—setting aside proud traditions and age-old school rivalries to embrace a vision that would provide the communities’ students with ever-expanding education and career opportunities. That vision remains the overarching goal of the board of education, administration, faculty, staff, parents, students and community.

A new name, new colors, a new mascot

A school helps define our students, so who better to help define our school’s identity than our students? A student-led process narrowed an endless list of names, colors, and mascot possibilities. Students in grades 4-11 voted—we are the Central Valley School District Thunder; our colors are navy blue, light blue, and yellow.

What does this mean for our stakeholders?

  • For students and their parents—We are constantly working to make meaningful changes in what students learn and how they are taught. It represents a commitment to our students’ college and career success.

  • For residents—We are investing the community’s hard-earned tax dollars to yield the greatest return for all students. When students are successful, they contribute back to the community. A vibrant and successful school attracts residents, improves property values, and strengthens the local tax base.

  • For staff—We are committed to continued growth and professional excellence. We will continue our upward march toward excellence only with the most qualified staff armed with the best tools and support.

  • For employers—We are striving to provide students with the entry-level skills needed to become valued employees.

Who are we?

We are 2175 grade PreK-12 students, 192 teachers, and 190 support staff and administrators. We learn and work in four schools nestled on the scenic Mohawk River in Central New York. We enjoy the quiet of small villages but are just minutes from shopping, dining, higher education, businesses, and the arts. We are Central Valley.


District Office
111 Frederick St.
Ilion, NY 13357
315-894-9934 phone
315-894-2716 fax

Jeremy M. Rich

Alaine K. Canestrari
Assistant Superintendent

Sally McCann-Kramas
Human Resources