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Valley Stream 30


6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue schools.


The district proposes a $34,823,824 budget for 2017-18, a 1.18 percent increase from the current $34,416,060. The tax levy would decrease 15.17 percent, from $23,054,030 to $19,556,827.

This decrease is lower than the district’s tax-cap limit of -7.1 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget.

The district did not provide the dollar amount of the school tax increase for the average single-family home, citing complications caused by the tax breaks granted by the Hempstead Town Industrial Development Agency to the owner of the Green Acres Mall, which is within the district.

The proposed budget includes an average 0.85 percent salary increase and an average 0.9 percent step increase for teachers.

Two propositions are on the ballot. One would authorize the district to spend $2.7 million in capital reserve funds to build a one-story classroom addition at the district’s Shaw Avenue Elementary School and replace interior doors at the Forest Road School. Another proposition asks voters to approve the Valley Stream Central High School District 2017-18 budget of $113,429,221.


Incumbent Cristobal Stewart is being challenged by Matthew Khan for one by-seat position. The term is five years.

Matthew Khan

BACKGROUND: Khan, 34, has lived in the district for 20 years. He attended district schools and graduated in 2001 from Valley Stream Central High School. He is a clerk for the Village of Valley Stream Department of Public Works. Khan has a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and a master of business administration from LIU Post. Khan was a coach in 2012 for the Valley Stream Soccer Club.

ISSUES: “Each resident of Valley Stream District 30 has an investment in our school system whether or not they have children who attend school,” Khan said. He added that the district’s “greatest challenge” is “maintaining communication” as the community becomes more ethnically diverse. He said he has actively campaigned for the school board and spoken widely to residents, but “only between 40 and 50 people I spoke with knew that there was a school election coming up.” Khan said, “Greater resident involvement in our district is needed,” adding, “if more information is presented to the public, there will be more involvement and participation.”

Cristobal Stewart

BACKGROUND: Stewart, 49, has lived in the district for 18 years. He is an assistant dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Pratt Institute’s Manhattan campus. Stewart has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Pratt Institute. Stewart is an alumni volunteer for the Cornell University admissions network. Stewart was elected to the school board in 2008. He also serves as president of the Valley Stream Central High School District Board of Education. Stewart has three children, two who attend district schools, and one who attends a private school on scholarship.

ISSUES: Stewart said, “I was opposed to the Green Acres Mall tax break provided by the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency, and I was pleased that it was revoked.” He continued, “The taxpayer should not pay for a corporate tax break.” Stewart said if re-elected he will work with Nassau County legislators to fully restore the mall to the tax rolls. “That takes the burden away from taxpayers and puts it back onto the mall.”

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