District 30, Components and Local Leaders Unite To Support Public Education

District 30, Components and Local Leaders Unite To Support  Public Education photo
Valley Stream District 30 joined with its component school districts and elected officials from the local and state levels on March 10 during the 22nd annual Legislative Breakfast sponsored by the Valley Stream Council of PTAs. Attendees united with the common goals of preserving public education and advocating for actions that will support public school districts. 

Members of the boards of education, administrations, staff and parent organizations from Valley Stream District 30, as well as Valley Stream Central High School District, Valley Stream District 24 and Valley Stream Union Free School District 13, met at Memorial Junior High School for the event. 

Council of PTAs First Vice President Michelle D’Elia provided opening remarks and welcomed a panel of political dignitaries comprised of Imran Ansari, Nassau County regional representative for Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Bruce Blakeman, Town of Hempstead councilman; Brian Curran, New York State assemblyman; C. William Gaylor, Nassau County legislator; Matthew Hynes, senior advisor to Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen; Todd Kaminsky, New York State senator and Michaelle Solages, New York State assemblywoman. 

Discussion focused on funding public education. Specific emphasis was placed on state aid, the tax levy cap, testing, the state’s capital project approval process, unfunded state mandates and IDA reform. The political leaders introduced themselves and summarized efforts they have made in the past year to benefit their school districts, and then expressed their opinions and goals regarding education-related issues. 

“I look forward to the Legislative Breakfast every year,” said District 30 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling. “It affords us the opportunity to dialogue with our legislators about students and education. The old adage, ‘It takes a village,’ still applies.”