Dr. Frank Chiachiere has been selected to receive the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association’s (N-SSBA) Dedicated School Board Service Award as well as the Distinguished School Board Service Award. These awards recognize Dr. Chiachiere’s many years of dedicated service to Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen and the Valley Stream community. The awards will be presented to Dr. Chiachiere at the N-SSBA’s 63rd Annual Business Meeting and Award Dinner on Tuesday, May 30 at the Fox Hollow Inn in Woodbury, New York.
“Dr. Chiachiere is well deserving of these awards. His years of service alone would make him the perfect candidate for these honors, but they do not begin to scratch the surface of the contributions he has made to this school community,” said Jennifer Oliveri, President of the Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen Board of Education. “Dr. Chiachiere is a quiet but strong advocate for our children who are reaping the benefits of his dedication and passion for their education. He began his service when I was a student in this high school district. He is now a mentor to me in my role as trustee, and especially this year in my role as Board President.”
Dr. Chiachiere has served on the Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen Board of Education since July 1993. During this time, he has served as Board President six times and served on the Valley Stream Central High School District Board a total of 13 times during his 30 years of service. He has helped shape Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen’s goals of educating the whole child, as well as vetted and hired many of the outstanding administrators who have been tasked with implementing the programs and services that ensure the district’s goals are continually achieved. Dr. Chiachiere has helped bring the district into the age of technology, has been a passionate advocate for keeping the district’s curriculum cutting edge, has been a leading voice in ensuring services such as art and music are fully funded, and was a strong voice in the district’s bond initiative that has been critical in ensuring the district’s buildings transitioned into 21st Century-ready learning environments.
“The Distinguished School Board Service Award is our most prestigious honor,” said Michael Kelly, President of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association. “This award is reserved for those individuals whose contributions on behalf of Long Island schools have reached far beyond their elected or professional responsibilities and whose influence has garnered respect for the institution of public education.”