Superintendent of Schools

Friday, January 15, 2021

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone had an excellent week. I have a small number of updates. Last evening the
Board of Education approved Mr. Derek Vallese as our new Assistant Superintendent for
Business starting in mid-February. You can read about Derek’s qualifications on our website and
Facebook page. Derek currently works as the School Business Official in the Albion Central
School District. He has a strong accounting background as well as experience as both an auditor
and a school treasurer. The combination of exceptionally strong financial acumen, excellent
interpersonal skills and high character makes him an outstanding addition. We are looking
forward to having him as part of the VCS team.

The Board of Education also approved Mr. Matthew DeAmaral as our District Treasurer. Matt
takes over for Lynn Lubaszewski, who has done amazing work for our District and is retiring in
March. Matt comes to us from the Churchville Chili School District with over four years of
experience as Treasurer. The hiring of Mr. Vallese and Mr. DeAmaral solidifies a financial team
that will do great work for the school district and community for years to come.

Since our last COVID update we have had seven people test positive. Six are students- three
from VHS, two from VIS, and one from VJH. One staff member from VPS also tested positive.
The chart below shows our current COVID cases.

January 15, 2021   Total Cases   Cases Still Active   Cases completed/returned to school  
Staff 58 3 55
Students 143 20 123
Total 201 23 178

As I said earlier this week, we will not send daily COVID updates after today. We will keep a
daily record of COVID cases on our website at Please refer to our website if
you would like daily updates. We anticipate having the chart updated by 4:30 on weekdays. I
will still send a weekly update to the community that includes the updated number of COVID
cases each Friday.

Finally, this Monday there is no school in session because of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Dr.
King sought to raise the public consciousness of racism and to end racial discrimination and
segregation in the United States with a goal of racial equality. His message is as important now
as it was in the 1960s.

Clayborne Carson, founding director of the King Institute, said the following, “If you
realize that Dr. King was a human being just like the rest of us, who was caught up in a
great movement and did extraordinary things, then people begin to understand that they
can do extraordinary things, too.” Please enjoy the long weekend as we reflect on Dr.
King’s legacy.

With gratitude,

Tim Terranova 

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