Parents: Valley Stream North HS students are learning in filth

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Some parents of Valley Stream North High School students say their children are learning in filth.

Parents sent News 12 photos that show dilapidated tile work in bathrooms, lab sinks in disrepair and a generally unclean environment. The parents say they've complained to school administration to no avail.

Parent Jennifer Krsulick, of Franklin Square, says the high school has seen frequent turnover in management and that there's a lack of maintenance and custodial staff. She adds that the school population has increased, making it harder for the current staff to keep up.

Valley Stream Central High School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Heidenreich says he's aware of the problems, adding, "We have been proactive and diligent to ensure our facilities are appropriately cleaned and maintained so our students and staff experience a safe and secure learning environment."

School administrators say they are trying to address parents' concerns and have released a two-page question-and-answer sheet explaining what it's doing to remedy the problem.

Parents plan on attending a May 14 school board meeting to again raise the issue.

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