Three uncontested in District 24
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Pellicane says she enjoys working for the children of the district, and trying to ensure that they get the best education. She also likes working with her fellow board members and the district administration.
She said it is important that District 24 have a strong academic program with offerings beyond the mandated curriculum. “All the programs are important to me, so I’d rather not cut any if I had a choice,” she said. “Each program touches different kids in different ways.”
Program cuts were on the table as recently as a few weeks ago, but district officials were able to put through a proposed budget that kept the curriculum in tact. Pellicane said the board worked very hard to overcome a bad set of financial circumstances.
“We work with whatever we’re given,” she said, “and we make sure we have the kids’ best interests in mind.”
Pellicane is a native of Valley Stream, having attended the William L. Buck School and South High School. Her two daughters graduated the Robert W. Carbonaro School and now are in South.
With her daughters in high school, Pellicane said she would be interested in serving as one of District 24’s three representatives on the Board of Education there, an appointment that requires attending two additional meetings per month. Pellicane said after getting her feet wet on the elementary board, she is ready to take on the same role with the high school district.
She already serves on the Shared Decision Committee at South, is vice president of the PTSA, and is a past PTA president at Carbonaro.
Pellicane said she sees herself as the voice of parents, and wants to ensure that their concerns are both heard and addressed.
Growing up, Pellicane said Valley Stream was a close-knit community and she wants to preserve that. For the next three years, she also wants to work to ensure that residents are getting good value from the their tax dollars.
Lives in: Valley Stream
School board experience: Three years
Family: Husband, Brian; daughters Alyssa and Breana
Education: Graduated South High School, 1993
Career: Medical biller
Other: South High School PTSA vice president, Carbonaro School PTA past president