Three uncontested in District 24
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He is concerned about some of the decisions being made at the state level regarding education, and feels that local control is slowly being taken away. DePace said he does not like the new teacher evaluation system.
In his next term, DePace said he wants to lobby elected officials for more state aid, and continue to monitor the district’s finances. He also said the validity of the outdoor education program needs to be re-examined, as the number of students going on the fields trips has dropped.
DePace said that he believes board members should be visible, and tries to attend as many programs as he can. He has two grandchildren in the district.
Lives in: Valley Stream
School board experience: 33 years
Family: Wife, Barbara; four children who graduated from South High School; 11 grandchildren
Career: Retired health and physical education teacher in New York City, 35 years
Education: Nassau Community College, associate’s degree; Long Island University, bachelor’s degree; Brooklyn College, master’s degree.
Other: Past Little League, soccer and Mason baseball coach
There’s a corner of Lynbrook that seems to churn out a lot of school board members for Valley Stream District 24. Armando Hernandez will be the latest resident of that southwestern section to join the Board of Education.
Hernandez is running for the seat being vacated by Carole Meaney, who has served for 12 years. He and his wife own a business on Rockaway Avenue and have three sons in Valley Stream schools.
In talking with neighbors Frank Nuara, a past District 24 trustee, and John Maier, a current board member, Hernandez said he was inspired to run. He said he wants to continue their good work and make positive changes in the school district.
Hernandez’s oldest son, Joseph, was part of the first class to have full-day kindergarten in the district, so maintaining an all-day program is important. “Most families have two working parents right now,” he said. “That’s a reality.”