It was a bittersweet evening for four long-term faculty members whose upcoming retirements were approved by the board during Valley Stream District 30’s regular Board of Education meeting on March 19. Teachers Colleen Dash, Deborah Scheel and Suzanne Walsh, along with school nurse Rebekah Trieber, were commended for their years of service and dedication to the students of Valley Stream 30. The four women will be retiring at the end of the school year.
In addition to the retirements, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling and Forest Road Principal Erin Malone presented an update on the district’s strategic plan of communications. Malone explained how attendance at district events has grown, including this year’s Taste of a Service parent fair which had the largest attendance to date with a 53 percent increase from last year.
Among other updates, Malone spoke about the new ways that the district is connecting with families. This includes the launch of Valley Stream 30’s Facebook page and PTA Facebook pages for Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue elementary schools. Embracing the district’s diverse community, Valley Stream 30 has also continued to maintain translation services with Parent Language Ambassadors and utilizes the Mantra Lingua Pen, which Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. RG France demonstrated for the community. The pen allows individuals to translate up to 20 different languages with a touch. This keeps families connected to the district, regardless of a language barrier.
To conclude the meeting, a budget video was shown to the community which provided an overview of the upcoming budget. The video can be found on the district’s website valleystream30.com on the Budget 2018-2019 page. Dr. Stirling reminded everyone that the adoption of the budget will occur next month, April 17, 2018 and that the budget vote will be on May 15, 2018.