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June 22, 2017

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Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community,

Congratulations to the students and families of all Valley Stream 30 graduates!  The educational foundation our students have acquired in Valley Stream 30 schools will serve them well as they “move on” to first grade and the secondary schools.  

I am happy to report that our Strategic Plan goals and initiatives, as presented throughout the spring at Board of Education meetings, have been met.  Our accomplishments in the 3 C areas – Curriculum, Communications and Capital can be viewed on our website at http://www.valleystream30.com/our_district/board_of_education_presentations. Congratulations are also sent, again, to all who have been involved in the capital construction project at Clear Stream Avenue School. The addition will assist in creating more space for innovative and creative learning activities.  Plans to add additional classrooms at Shaw Avenue School are underway, with plans for Forest Road School in 2018-19.

The appointment of new staff for the 2017-18 school year took place at our Board of Education meeting this week.  The Board appointed the following staff to classroom positions: Christopher Nazario, Forest Road; Christopher Gianesses, Heather Graham, Tara Masterson, Steven Navarra, Lauren Rosenthal – all Shaw Avenue. We will be interviewing candidates through the summer, as the need arises. Thank you to all who participated on the interview committees.

The year has been outstanding, due in large part to the efforts of our staff in making the Let’s Move theme central to the many implemented activities.  The commitment and leadership by our Physical Education Department is exemplary and greatly appreciated. The theme for next year will be: Show your Character! We will be celebrating theater arts and character education.  More information to come…..

The community support for our 2017-18 budget is also sincerely appreciated.  We continue to maintain program without increasing the need for additional tax levy dollars. However, as you know, currently the Green Acres Mall is not paying PILOTs, as it was revoked, and not paying taxes because the Mall has not been returned to the tax rolls, causing potential significant tax increases to our residents (please review letters sent earlier this week on this topic at http://www.valleystream30.com/our_district/payment_in_lieu_of_taxes). We must get the Mall back on the tax rolls before August 15, 2017.

We are also proud of our Audit Committee, Business Department and Special Services Department. Internal and external audits done this year resulted in positive reports. The random audit of the Special Education Department, completed by the New York State Comptroller’s Office, was also very positive.

Congratulations, again, to Mr. Matthew Kahn, who was elected to a five-year term on the Board of Education. He will begin his term next month.  Our reorganization meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at Shaw Avenue School.

Letters are being sent home outlining our summer reading and enrichment activities.  I encourage you to help our children to read and expand their creative thinking by participating in the summer project.  The letters for each school are posted on our website, for your information, at http://www.valleystream30.com/curriculum/summer_programs.

Finally, I extend my sincerest congratulations and best wishes to our retiring staff – Grace Guttman, Bruce Lesser, Daryl Rossello, Patricia Serio, Christine Shazar and Ellie Wyche (Whitson’s). Their years of service have made a significant impact on the lives of our children, and we wish them much health and happiness as they begin the next chapter in their lives. Also, a big thank you to Mr. Cristobal Stewart for his service as Trustee, Vice President and President of the Boards of Education of Valley Stream 30 and Valley Stream Central High School District over the past nine years.

Schools will be closed on Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th.  Summer school begins Wednesday, July 5th.

Three cheers for Valley Stream 30, and Let’s Move into a restful and wonderful summer!


Sincerely,                                                              

Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D. 

Superintendent of Schools