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January 9, 2020

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Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community:

The new year has arrived and we are off to a good start.  I hope that all of you had a wonderful winter break. Our staff has returned rested, with new resolutions, goals and a continued commitment to meeting the needs of all of our students.  

Please take some time to read the District’s newsletter that will be mailed to your homes this month.  We have provided information on our major goal for the year -- strategic planning.  Committees are meeting twice this month to continue the process of creating a new plan for the 2020-2025 school years.  Thanks, again, to all who completed the strategic plan survey.

Note that our annual Community Forum will be held on Monday, February 3rd at Shaw Avenue starting at 7:00 p.m.  The budget, as well as strategic planning, will be discussed, and opportunities for input will be provided. We look forward to a productive strategic plan process and budget preparation process that will yield a budget that supports students and is fiscally responsible. Within the next two weeks, please complete the budget survey that will assist in our development of a budget for the 2020-21 school year.  The survey will be available on our website and sent to you via the Remind app.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21st at Shaw Avenue School, 8:00 p.m.  Presentations on Curriculum and Special Services will be made that evening. 

I am very proud to share that our District has been featured on a recent podcast by The Education Trust, a national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps. “Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust supports efforts that expand excellence and equity in education from preschool through college, increase college access and completion particularly for historically underserved students, engage diverse communities dedicated to education equity, and increase political and public will to act on equity issues.”


Dr. King dedicated his life to “lifting every voice.”  Thank you to all of our staff who have worked to lift every voice in our schools and teach the vision of Dr. King. Schools will be closed on Monday, January 20th in observance of the holiday.


Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools