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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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


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Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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