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May 18, 2017

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Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community,

Thank you, again, for your ongoing support of our school district. This week’s budget vote helps to “move” the District in the right direction. We will be able to maintain all current programs, as well as expand our technology and arts initiatives. Capital work (additional classrooms at Clear Stream Avenue) is almost completed and the process to add classrooms at Shaw Avenue can now begin, based on this week’s vote.

Our Board of Education and I are committed to making sure our taxpayers are informed about the ongoing issues surrounding PILOTs. You have approved how much we will spend on our educational plan for next year; however, how much each individual taxpayer will be taxed still remains in the hands of the Nassau County Department of Assessment. The Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has revoked the Green Acres Mall (Mall) PILOT and has forwarded the second-half payment to the District as of yesterday. Any excess PILOT revenue is being used to reduce next year’s tax levy. The IDA has been asked to advocate for the return of the PILOTs to the tax rolls so that the Mall can pay their fair share of taxes. Most importantly, the District is, once again, being put in a position of not knowing what the dollar amount of PILOTs will or will not be received from the Mall or if the Mall will pay taxes next year. Please call and/or write to your local legislator (Carrié Solages, 516-571-6203, csolages@nassaucountyny.gov), to get the Mall back on the tax rolls.

Congratulations, again, to Mr. Matthew Kahn, who will begin his Board of Education term on July 1, 2017. Mr. Cristobal Stewart, who will complete nine years on the Board, is thanked for his service to the District. He will be honored at the last Board of Education meeting of the year.

On Monday night, the Board of Education accepted and approved the recommendations for tenure for the following faculty members: Jennifer Lewner, Forest Road; Christopher Onorato, Forest Road; Amanda Critelli, Shaw; Jamila Sloan, Clear Stream; and Jaclyn Gambino, Shaw (approved in January). Our tenure candidates have demonstrated that they are highly qualified based on a rigorous process of evaluations over the past few years. They are all committed to meeting the needs of our 21st century learners. We look forward to this cohort’s future accomplishments and contributions to our school community.

With much pride I congratulate all of the students and staff involved in this year’s spring concerts. The student performances were outstanding. Their performances literally “moved us!” Please plan to attend the Memorial Day Parade where our students will, once again, perform. Our students also excelled in the visual arts area as seen at this week’s Fine and Performing Arts Show. Kudos to all of our fine arts staff who continue to support the creative minds of our students.

Thank you all, again, for giving us the resources to support our students. I wish everyone a very happy Memorial Day weekend. As a reminder, schools will be closed on Monday May, 29th.

Sincerely,                                                              

Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D. 

Superintendent of Schools