Lancaster Central School District

Centers of Learning and Growth


  • Please note the following update for the student mascot vote: 
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  • Thank you to everyone who came out to support our budget, capital project, and bus proposition, all of which were approved by voters. Congratulations to Mrs. Brenda Christopher and Mrs. Kelly Depczynski for being elected to the board of education. See 'Headlines' for complete election results. 
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  • Budget 2015-16
    Information on the $99.94 million proposed budget for 2015-16 has been posted on the district's website. Read more here. 
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  • BOE Meeting Location Updates
    The location for the following board of education meetings has been changed to the Lancaster High School auditorium:  April 21, June 8, and June 22.
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  • District Calendar
    The Lancaster Central School District 2015-2016 calendar has been approved by the board of education and can be viewed here: 2015-16 Calendar at a Glance
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Dear Lancaster Parents, Family, and Friends...
Many people who viewed a video about our capital improvement project that was voted on last week heard the opening statement I made, “Lancaster is Great!” I stand by those words today, as much as ever. The Lancaster community has so very much to be proud of. We have the highest graduation rate in our district’s history (98%), not to mention the highest in Western New York. We have an outstanding music program, including our national class two-time state champion marching band; a Performing Arts Society chosen this year to be one of five high schools in the nation to debut Disney’s The Little Mermaid musical for schools; and our very own Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra, also unique in the country. Our athletes continue to excel on and off the field, with Lancaster High School again being named a New York Public High School Athletic Association School of Distinction for every one of our varsity teams achieving a 90% academic average.
The outstanding program we are able to offer in academics and extracurricular activities is due, in large part, to the support that we have from our great community. For this, we owe you a huge debt of gratitude. While we’ve established a long-standing record of being one of the state’s most cost-effective and administratively efficient school districts, crafting a budget that will be endorsed by the taxpayers each year is no small task. I want to give utmost credit to our seven board members who work tirelessly on the budget process, not only to safeguard your investment, but also to ensure that the children of this great community are well provided for.
On behalf of the board of education, administration, teachers, faculty, support staff, and students of this great district, I also want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the voters who came out on May 19 to show their support in passing a reasonable budget, but also the largest capital campaign in district history. The much-needed improvements, from obsolete boilers and drainage repairs, to enhancements like improved media centers and a small venue theater at the high school, will benefit students for decades to come.
Finally, that brings me to the LEAF portion of the project. Athletic facility and music suite improvements, which will come to fruition when the Lancaster Educational and Alumni Foundation succeeds in its $1 fundraising campaign, will provide us with an indoor track, capable of hosting sectional events, a turf field for multiple uses and more. Our expressions of gratitude would not be complete without giving special thanks to Mr. Russell Salvatore, whose generous gift of $300,000 puts LEAF well on its way toward meeting its goal! For more information on how you can help LEAF, go to Did I say, “Lancaster is Great”? I should have said, “Lancaster is the greatest school district in Western New York!” Thank you all for your support. Together, we continue to make great strides for the children of this community!
Michael J. Vallely, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools 



Mission Statement

District Office  
The Lancaster Central School District's purpose
is to provide our students
with a comprehensive educational program that will allow them to develop fully 
the necessary academic and social skills 
to become responsible and productive members of a democratic society.