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Mineola School Budget Set For Vote

The Mineola School District adopted its 2014-15 budget last week. It will be put up for vote on May 20.

 

The budget tops off at $87.8 million, a 1.92 percent increase from the 2013-14 budget, which was $86.1 million when it was certified last May. The adopted budget also includes a 1.46 percent increase in the tax levy, the maximum allowed by the state. The 2014-15 levy sits at $79 million.

 

The budget includes all current educational and co-curricular programs, athletic programs and extra-curricular activities.

 

“We’ll have a full budget presentation on May 8,” Superintendent Michael Nagler said. “It’ll be prepared for the community. Specific budget lines will be presented.”

 

Mineola is looking to expand its five-day, half-day pre-k program to all students. The district plans to offer 54 full-day seats. Herricks-based Harbor Day Care, which currently runs a center at the district’s Willis Avenue School, will operate the full-day curriculum.

Students would be chosen based on a lottery on May 8.

 

“Every child next year will have at a minimum, a five-day, half-day program at Meadow [Drive School] and Hampton [Street School],” said Nagler. “We’re going to fast track registration [for the lottery] now so that we have as many interested parents as possible. So you can still register after the lottery, but you [may] not be able to avail yourself to the full day.”

 

Mineola can accommodate more than 200 students.

 

Mineola wants to expand dual language programs and Meadow Drive and Jackson Avenue schools,with teachers splitting days between Spanish and English. The full implementation of common core ELA and math is also on the punch-list.

 

“We have enough interest in every grade for one [spanish] emersion class,” Nagler stated. “It will be different than Hampton. They currently two classes split between two teachers.”

 

Other areas the district wants to tackle in the budget include continuing its five-year bus replacement plan, new seats and flooring in the Mineola Middle School auditorium and a new public address system at Hampton Street. The district also wants to add one new truck with a plow and sander and air conditioning for non-instructional spaces at Meadow, Hampton and Jackson.

 

“We increased [the facilities upgrade] line to just under $700,000,” Nagler said.

News

Mineola Street Fair coordinators are canvassing the downtown area to enlist local businesses for the fourth annual Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event on Saturday, Sept. 14 at noon, with an Oct. 5 rain date. Opening ceremonies begin at 1 p.m.

 

“We’ve been walking the streets trying to get more businesses involved,” Chamber vice president and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano said. “It’s the same struggle every year but at the end, it all comes together.”

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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