Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.