Adoption of a New Constitution
As you know last school year the VSTA Executive Council authorized the establishment of a Constitution and By-law Review Committee (CBRC). Since that time, the CBRC has met on multiple occasions to consider what modifications, if any, should take place to the current constitution. After careful review and deliberation, the CBRC is unanimously recommending the adoption of a new constitution and set of by-laws.The first step in the adoption process (which is controlled by the current constitution) for an amended constitution requires that the proposal be approved by the Executive Council. The Executive Council approved the adoption of a new constitution at a meeting held on December 11th.
A MEMBERSHIP VOTE WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 9TH, 7:30 AM – 2 PM. IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER THE VOTE WILL TAKE PLACE THE NEXT DAY SCHOOL IS IN SESSION.
VSTA Contract Approved by Members
With nearly nine out of ten voters supporting the tentative settlement, VSTA members approved a new five year agreement with the four Valley Stream Boards of Education. A detailed analysis of the vote has been sent to each unit leader. The Negotiating Team would like to thank the membership for the overwhelming vote of confidence.
VSTA Awards Scholarships to Graduating Seniors
We are very happy to award the seventh annual Valley Stream High School Teachers Scholarship to two deserving graduates, Christopher Chong and Tanish Verneus. In 1957, a group of high school teachers, with the assistance and support of the Valley Stream Teachers Association, formed the Valley Stream High Schools Benevolent Fund. This membership corporation was designed to provide short term loans to teachers experiencing dire financial need. Fundraising events were held and the fund grew over the years. This fund was particularly important because the fifties and early sixties were times when salaries were particularly low and current benefits were either non-existent or not very good. As salaries and benefits began to improve there was less of a need for this fund and it fell into disuse. Recently, VSTA leadership decided to expand the mission of the fund to include scholarships for our graduates.