Northvale area to help special-needs students

May 28, 2018 by  

The Northern Valley Regional District, which runs a program to help students with special needs, is getting some help from Bergen County.

The program, which works with students from 37 separate districts, has no permanent home. Now the county is stepping up with funding to help change that, according to an article on

The Valley Program is directed by Kathy Vuoncino, who said owning their own building is an exciting “dream come true” for both students and staff, adding they have wanted a permanent place to call home since 1994. In the past, they have had facilities in Harrington Park and Northvale.

Students in the Valley Program range in age from 3 to 21, and all have special needs; most have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Vocational and pre-vocational classes teach them life skills, so they will be able to function successfully once they leave school.

The building Valley Program officials want to buy has a price of $5.9m. They had raised $160,000 toward the $1.2m down payment when the Bergen County Improvement Authority took a hand. It will apply to the Local Finance Board, asking it to finance the purchase by issuing bonds. Superintendent James Santana said the county would be a lender on the project, and the distinct would pay back the loan.

Measures like this can impact a whole area, so officials could work with a flyer printing company to create a mail for residents.