February 16, 2017
Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community:
At our rescheduled Board of Education meeting this month, the holidays of Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha were approved to be days in which schools will not be in session. We thank the community for their input and advocacy. The 2017-18 school calendar will be approved and posted after the next Board of Education meeting, scheduled for Monday, March 20, 2017.
For the past four months, the District has undergone a State audit of its Special Education department. I am happy to report that we received an excellent review of our program. A State education representative reviewed files and procedures, visited schools, attended CSE meetings and met with staff and parents. Copies of the report may be attained by contacting our Special Services department. We thank Nicole Schimpf, Director of Special Services, for her leadership and management of the audit. We look forward to future program development and expanded opportunities for our special education students.
Our budget process continues to develop. We anticipate reducing our tax levy, once again, this year while maintaining program. Our Budget Hearing is scheduled for Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Shaw Avenue. Please note that additional budget presentations will be made on:
March 8th 7:15 p.m. Forest Road PTA Meeting
March 23rd 7:30 p.m. Shaw Avenue PTA Meeting
April 21st 6:30 p.m. Clear Stream Avenue (prior to 5th grade movie night)
This week the District also received notification that the State Comptroller’s Office will audit the Hempstead IDA and Valley Stream 30 School District in regard to the Green Acres PILOT. The District takes the formation of its annual budget very seriously and works diligently to balance the instructional and programming needs of students, while maintaining fiscal responsibility to taxpayers. This dedication can be seen in the past three years of voter-approved budgets which carried zero percent (0%) tax levies in both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years; and, most notably, a negative 10.39% tax levy for the 2016-17 school year. We look forward to the audit process and will provide updates accordingly.
On Saturday, March 11, 2017, the annual Legislative Breakfast will be held at Memorial Junior High School at 9:00 a.m. We encourage everyone to attend and share their concerns with our local political representatives.
The annual Founders Day celebration will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Clear Stream Avenue. Please join us to honor our PTA and to reflect on the wonderful partnerships and activities we have had with the PTA in Valley Stream.
Our February recess (Monday, February 20 – Friday, February 24, 2017) will begin next week so schools will be closed. We hope our children will enjoy the break and find time to read books they enjoy. Thank you to all of our PTAs for sponsoring PARP at our schools.
Thanks, once again, for your ongoing support, and have a wonderful February recess.
Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools