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Cuts approved in Valley Stream high schools
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Sharon Daly implored school board members to reconsider transportation changes.
For private-school parents and students, discussions of transportation boil down to one thing: student safety. “This is truly a safety issue,” said Stephen Miller. “Look at the number of registered sex offenders who are on those routes.” He added that it is “shameful” for the board to cut funding for yellow bus service for the three additional private schools simply because it is an easy cut to make.

But Greg Guercio, the board’s attorney, said that in the “eyes of the law,” safety and transportation are two separate considerations. “Safety in and of itself is not an issue that’s supposed to factor into the determination of transportation — it’s strictly a combination of mileage with some impact of time,” he said.

The district has established criteria for providing MetroCards to private-school students: If a student can get to school in 90 minutes or less with no more than one transfer, he or she qualifies for a MetroCard. District administrators use the MTA Trip Planner to determine routes and times to each school.

Once the district receives all private-school transportation requests — by April 1 — administrators request bids from local bus companies. If the bids, which come back in late June or early July, are less than the cost of MetroCards, students will get yellow buses. The district must go with the lowest cost, Heidenreich said. With some changes in bus routes and schedules offered by Veolia Transportation, which manages the Nassau InterCounty Express bus system, he said, there are potential savings in the use of public buses.

Sharon Daly, whose daughter graduated from parochial school, submitted a petition to the board with nearly 1,800 signatures of residents who oppose cutting yellow bus service to the three additional schools. Several students protested the changes, including Ann-Isabel Previl, a junior at St. Francis Preparatory School. Last fall, St. Francis Prep students began taking an MTA bus to and from school. Previl implored the board not to go through with the changes, saying that on rainy or snowy days it can take her two hours to get home.

Major support for rifle team

In recent district budgets there have been cuts in athletics, like a reduction in assistant coaches, but teams have remained intact. In 2013-14, the bowling, golf and rifle squads would be the first district teams to be eliminated.


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There is a simple way to bridge the problematic budget the VSCHSD is facing. Stop caving to the teacher's union! Especially in the High schools you are dealing with young adults, not toddlers. Class sizes of 28 - 30 should not be challenge to a teacher. Also, perhaps consolidation of departments and deploying teachers to more than one school building throughout the day would maximize our outlay for the teaching staff - which currently eats close to 70% of the 106 million dollar budget between salaries and benefits. The ones that are paying here are the children. They have less opportunities than even 5 years ago. Successful, NYS championship teams are being cut - and not because of a money issue, but because there is a prejudice against the sport. Don't blame the guns, they cannot do these heinous things themselves, blame the people. Violence can be done with any inanimate object - golf clubs, baseball bats, knives - not the mention the effects of people driving under the influence of either alcohol or their cell phones! The mental health system is missing the signs of those people who have used guns in a misguided attempt to make their worlds right again, or stop their own pain.

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I was a resident of Valley Stream for many years and an alumni of VS Central class of 1980. I feel compelled to let everyone know the most recent underhanded behavior of your elected school board officials. If you have been reading the Herald you are aware of the ongoing budget battles over cuts to several sport programs. One of those programs which is dear to my heart is the Rifle Team. Now I would prefer not to get into the political standpoints of gun control as everyone's will differ. But I feel everyone needs to know that the members of the rifle team, which has been a leading award winning team for many years over and the range which not only housed the team for the High School but also the Police Athletic League was closed without notice this evening.

I have just learned that the members of the PAL rifle team were present at Memorial Jr High School for their regularly scheduled practice and found all the locks changed by the school board without notice. There were no members of the what I will call the spineless school board on hand to explain the action but it was left to the schools janitor to deliver a note to the coach.

Is this the way that VS really wants to end the illustrious records of this award winning team? I cannot believe the audacity of the School Board who did not at least have the decency and respect towards the coaches and our children to be on hand to explain their actions but hide a school employee to deliver the final blow. They should be ashamed of themselves and I believe it's about time that VS elect themselves a new school board

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