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May 29, 2020

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Dear Valley Stream 30 Families and Staff:

Once again, the Board of Education, administration and I are proud to present to the community a budget that preserves and redesigns programs without increasing the tax levy above the cap. Fiscal planning in prior years, as well as for the future, along with State aid (reduced this year) and reallocated revenues from various sources, have contributed to our ability to present a budget that has a below the average tax levy increase of 1.9%. Thus, the proposed budget does fall significantly below the allowable tax levy cap of 3.9%. Current transportation guidelines will remain in place for the 2020-21 school year.

The proposed budget allows for technology initiatives that support 21st century learning to continue. It includes the addition of special education staff to meet anticipated class size requirements and supports the implementation of the new strategic plan. The propositions on the ballot this year will allow us to continue with our capital project initiatives that have not cost the community any additional tax dollars, if approved. Every vote counts, so please take the time to tell the community what you value when it comes to education in Valley Stream 30.

Our virtual Budget Hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The Central High School virtual Budget Presentation will take place at 5:00 p.m., prior to our presentation (see VSCHSD website). Absentee ballots should be arriving this week. Remember that ballots must be received by June 9, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. to count.

We are very excited about our special event tomorrow honoring our students of Valley Stream School District 30. The staff will be driving through the community beginning at 2:00 p.m. Please join in the fun, but remember to maintain social distance. Rain date is June 2, 2020.

 

Sincerely,                                                             

Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools