Valley Stream Districts and Dignitaries Join Forces to Support Education

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The Valley Stream component school districts and elected officials from the local and state level united on March 11, during the 19th 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 the Valley Stream Central High School District as well as Valley Stream District 30, Valley Stream District 24 and Valley Stream Union Free School District Thirteen gathered at Memorial Junior High School, where the event was held. They engaged in meaningful conversations about topics critical to the programs, funding and future of public education.

A panel of political dignitaries was comprised of Town of Hempstead Councilman Edward Ambrosino, Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages, New York Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky and New York Assemblyman Brian Curran. Continental breakfast was prepared by the Valley Stream Central High School District Culinary Institute and musical entertainment was provided courtesy of North and Central high schools.

Among the topics discussed were state aid, the tax levy cap, teacher evaluations, testing, unfunded state mandates, IDA agreements and PILOTS and how they impact school districts, and the importance of establishing that public funds be allotted for public schools, not private or charter schools. The political leaders introduced themselves and summarized the efforts they have taken in the past year to benefit their school districts, then expressed their opinions and goals regarding education-related issues.

 “We are committed to providing all Valley Stream children with a robust education and to doing our part in reaching those who can help safeguard the future of public education,” said Valley Stream Central High School District Board of Education President Cristobal Stewart, who also serves on the Valley Stream District 30 Board of Education. “Hopefully, our voices, as well as those across Long Island and New York State, will be heard and have some influence in Albany, Hempstead and Mineola.”

“I know we all sit here today with one common goal – to provide the best education possible for the students of Valley Stream,” said said Valley Stream District 30 Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Stirling. “Regardless of the challenges we are faced with, that is the core of our mission: to provide our children with a myriad of opportunities to explore their interests, deepen their knowledge and discover new talents. Quite simply, we must move forward and upward. Forward and Upward.”